Forty

I can't say for sure, but I would assume that every girl dreams of having a sister. I mean, yeah they can be a royal pain in the ass sometimes, but having a sister is like having a built-in, ready made best friend.

Today is my sister Joy's fortieth birthday. I am not sure how that is possible because I swear we were just sharing a bedroom last year.

As an older sister, I know it could have been hard for her to always have me around. I always wanted to hang out with her and her friends. Most older sisters would have told me to scram, because no one wants their little sister hanging around all the time. She never did.



She took me everywhere with her. I went to the mall with her and her friends, out for lunch or ice-cream (we have a memorable trip to The Farm for custard that I will never forget) and she even took me to a high school dance with her. For real, she let me go with her to a high school dance with her friends when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. She was, for the most part, always nice to me.

I loved spending time with her.



She is one of the most caring people I know and she has changed her life in ways that I don't think many people would be able to do. She is strong, she is brave and she is loving.

Most of all, she is reliable. She has never let me down.

If I am feeling down in the dumps, need help putting things in perspective or just a good ol' talking off the ledge, she is there. I am so proud of who she is and how, no matter what, she is true to herself and fights for what she wants.

I am beyond lucky to have her as my sister, my much older sister.




Happy Birthday, Yoj!

I love you! xoxo



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