Not So Little Anymore

I declare this week Little Sister Appreciation Week because my little sister is awesome. In both the really great and fills-me-with-awe meanings of the word.

My sister is six years younger than I, so every time she hits a milestone—driving, college graduation, thirty—it reminds me how old I am. But to make up for that, she amazes me with who she has become. Recently, I keep realizing that she has become a grownup.

The author and her sister under a blooming cherry tree
My sister, me, and some cherry blossoms.

Her most recent demonstration of grownup-ness consisted of caring for my dad after hip surgery. My dad is a lot of wonderful things, but he’s generally unresponsive to people telling him what to do. If they could measure stubbornness, I feel certain he would be in the Guinness Book of World Records. He also resists cleaning even more than I do, which is a strong statement to make.

My mom had a couple of surgeries a few years ago, and even though I mostly showed up at the hospital and smiled, I was pretty much of a train wreck. My sister, on the other hand, had to figure out house cleaning, buying new furniture, modifying a walker, cooking two weeks’ worth of meals to freeze, and coaching Dad through his first physical therapy sessions. And she is deaf.

Deafness gives you a whole new way of experiencing the world; it also makes parts of life more difficult because most of our institutions, services, and processes are designed for hearing people—hospitals and furniture stores, for example. Yet she navigated all this expertly. Color me amazed once again.

Just for fun, here are a few of the many other reasons my sister is awesome:

  • She is a talented artist.
  • She makes me laugh so hard I can’t breathe.
  • She celebrates her deafness.
  • She is always learning more about her profession.
  • She has impeccable taste.
  • She tells it like is.
  • I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than seeing her when one of us has just gotten off an airplane.

Thanks, Little Sis, for being you.

8 thoughts on “Not So Little Anymore

  1. What a great tribute.  My big sister, to whom I am little sis by eight years, is losing her battle with whatever she has that has never been diagnosed.  She used to feel about me the way you feel about your sister, but unfortunately we have had a horrible family-wide falling out over a simple question and I can no longer communicate with her.  I am grateful for sisters everywhere and especially those who remain close and sister-bound the way sisters should, like you two.  Thank you so much for posting this.

    Love,   Michele

    >________________________________ > From: Being Finite >To: ososking2@yahoo.com >Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 8:38 PM >Subject: [New post] Not So Little Anymore > > > WordPress.com >Rachel Henry posted: “I declare this week Little Sister Appreciation Week because my little sister is awesome. In both the really great and fills-me-with-awe meanings of the word. My sister is six years younger than I, so every time she hits a milestone—driving, college gra” >

  2. You are so, so right, Rachel. Little sisters are awesome! My Sarah is strong, brave, talented, brilliant, generous, thoughtful, beautiful, artistic, and so talented I’m listing it twice. Good job (and happy birthday), mom!

  3. What a wonderful post. I too have a delightful little sister. Our relationship has finally transcended from only sister to wonderful sister *and* friend, and it’s such a pleasure to experience. Here’s to the sisters!

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