A LETTER TO MY LITTLE SISTER Dear Kolbey, Although I am well aware of how annoying it is when people give us the “You’re getting so big!”, or the “You’ve matured so much!” I must say the same to you. You are really growing up, and to be completely honest, a part of me never thought you would get older. You would stay that cute little baby forever, who giggled incessantly every time I stole your nose. Nowadays, if I dared to steal your nose, you would probably give me a strange look. Watching you as you become older is very weird, because sometimes I still feel just as old as you are now, even though I’ve got a good ten years on you. As I watch you run outside, play the piano and cry when you and your brother don’t get along, it’s like a stab straight in the deja vu. You remind me of all the silly problems I made for myself when I was your age, the aspects of life that were so incredibly important to me, but in the big picture didn’t mean much at all. I know what it feels like when the boys down the street don’t really want to play with you, or how the world is practically over because Mom didn’t realize how crucial it is for you to have that toy you decided you loved at the store. It sometimes makes me sad being around you, because I know that I’m becoming an adult and the days that you are about to be confronting are long behind me. With that in mind, there is so much I wish I could go back and tell myself - some small pieces of advice born from the wisdom that I have gained over the years that would have helped me on my journey through those first couple of teenage years. Now that you’re getting there I feel even more protective of you, simply because I understand the insanity of slowly but surely becoming an adult, and I understand what it’s like for a girl. Considering it’s impossible for me to go back and save myself from some regrets, maybe I can catch you before you hop on the train.
“I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN THE BOYS DOWN THE STREET DON’T REALLY WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU, OR HOW THE WORLD IS PRACTICALLY OVER BECAUSE MOM DIDN’T REALIZE HOW CRUCIAL IT IS FOR YOU TO HAVE THAT TOY YOU DECIDED YOU LOVED AT THE STORE.”
May 2015 issue of Courageous Creativity, themed around 'Creative Teaching'