Who is there when I feel down or depressed? Haley, my sister! Freshman year of softball made me nervous for try-outs. The juniors and seniors, even the sophomores intimidated me beyond compare. After the first day, seeing the intensity and skill of those upper classmen, I felt like I might have no chance at all. Coming home nervous and in distress, I told my story to my family who listened intently. Less than 10 minutes later, Haley was ready to make me feel more confident.
Haley said, “Hey Kenz, let’s go play some catch.” I realized that my sister wanted to spend time with me!
It didn’t matter to Haley what she was doing, we were both going to get better at softball and we both ended up having a great time. There’s no doubt about it, we both need to work on our catching and throwing and whatever else, but the cool thing is that we both had fun. The experience of getting the chance to hang out with the friend who would be with me always and forever blessed my heart and made me realize that it wouldn’t matter what happened, my sister was always going to be my best friend. Not only was I going to have to hang out with her, she is the exact person I would want to hang with; she is the greatest friend ever.
We continued to support each other throughout each of our softball seasons and tryouts. What do you know; we both made the teams and both had very successful seasons. Yet, when I go back and think about it, I’ve decided that it really isn’t the fact that we both got better at softball that creates such an emotion in me, but it is the fact that we built a stronger friendship.
The experiences my sister and I have shared are not the only things that make me excited to hang out with Haley; just thinking of her encourages me. Her face, her legacy and her personality reminds me that there are people in the world that will always be there for me, they are the best of friends. When I think of it, who could I ever dream would be a better friend than my sister? She has grown up with me and watched me through the hard times, the celebratory times and the times that nobody else, besides my sister, would have known what to do. The fact that Haley is there whenever I need her makes my day, any day.
When that friend who comes up to you and asks, “Who is your best friend?” You may stutter a little because you don’t want to disappoint them. Yet, I would have no problem, no problem at all telling that person a very straight up answer, “Haley, my sister, is my best friend.” Encouraging people to truly think about the friendship they have with their sister, will most likely cause them to realize the undeniable truth, “sisters are the best of friends!”
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