This I Believe

Amanda - Round Rock, Texas
Entered on May 2, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family, love

I Would Do Anything For Her

I believe in unconditional love. I believe there is a love so strong, so valuable, and so precious that no one can even begin to imagine how great it is. The love that more than three-fourths of the world has experienced: the love between siblings.

It was not until my sister was born when I was four that my mom stopped dressing my brother and I alike. Having both of them around made it so I was never alone. Tricia and I shared a room while we grew up. The only time that we were apart was when I moved out to attend college. When we were younger, we used to play house with our American Girl dolls and all 150 beanie babies. After that got old playing, we took major interest in Barbies. I only played under one condition; that I got to choose which furniture and Barbies that I wanted first. As the years added on to our lives, we grew out of the Barbies and American girls and started having interest in boys and makeup. Our friendship and love grew as we experienced life together. I can still remember the first time that my heart was broken by my first boyfriend and the first person I went to was my sister to cry on her shoulder. She was always there for me and I knew I could count on her for anything.

I didn’t realize how much my sister meant to me until she wasn’t around everyday. I used to get upset when I would wake up to get ready for school to find out that my sister had taken the shirt I was planning to wear that day; or when I went downstairs to make my lunch to find that she took the last of the cookies. Because we shared everything, it made it hard not to have a love-hate relationship with her.

It was like time stood still, when it hit me that Tricia was growing up without me. My heart sank as I answered the phone only to hear my sister on the other end bawling because she was having the worst day of her life. To hear someone that means that much to me upset just tore my heart in two. I just wish I could have been there for her in her time of need as she once was for me; instead, I was miles away at college. Times like these make me home sick. Having my sister’s love makes it more special for me be her role model. Her love is what drives me to be the big sister that I am.

It is important to have that someone who you can count on and believe in, to have that special friendship, and to experience unconditional love. Having the bond that my sister and I have made all these things possible.