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My Favorite Summer

This summer has been very different from my normal summer routine, and there have been a lot of major changes and growth in my life during this time.

The most noticeable impact or force for these changes was spending so much time with my oldest sister, Melanie.

Normally, Melanie lives about 800 miles away with her husband and daughter, but has been back in St. Louis since April, trying to take care of the house they own here.

Today, she left to go back East, as their house situation has finally reached a point where she no longer needs to be so far away from her own family. Being so far from her family for such an extended period of time was certainly hard on her. Despite the 12-14 hour drive, she made several trips back home to visit her husband, and part of the summer we had my niece with us in St. Louis. Life with a seven-year old for several weeks was fun, as we took trips to the zoo and various playgrounds to entertain her, but it was also a learning experience, as it was a time of strange adjustments for Michaela, too. (Sorry for the history lesson– I’ve been told that sometimes people need flashcards to keep up with all of the excitement, people,  and different story-lines happening in my life.)

I’m happy that they are being reunited for good (and just in time, as her birthday is Wednesday), but also a little sad to know that my older sister, my very best bff, will not be just a few minutes away anymore. She’ll still be there for me through phone calls, text messages, and emails, and always ready to be supportive of me no matter what, but this transition is sure to be a little difficult.

We started the summer at her house, which was in the process of being refreshed and renovated, and ended our time together at my apartment, which Melanie stealthily decorated as much as she could once I had moved in. There were several adjustments made by both of us during this time, as we essentially camped at her house on air mattresses at first, and transitioned to real furniture at my place (all of her real furniture is at her real house with her family).

During the search for my apartment or for roommates, she was there to help me out and steer me in the right direction.

Over the last few months, we’ve shared tons of secrets, some tears, and too many giggles to count.

She’s been my tour guide as I learned my way around St. Louis, and my personal tutor in the art of cooking. Toss in a couple of baseball games, a few trips to the theater, some walks around the parks with our dogs, and you have the makings of one of the best summers ever.

I didn’t make the normal family vacation trip, or go anywhere more exotic than a quick trip to the beach in Florida with my mom, but I wouldn’t have done anything differently. The quality time I was able to spend with my sister is something I wouldn’t trade for anything else in the world.

Our age difference (8 years) meant that growing up we didn’t really have much in common other than being sisters, and while the gap remains, we’ve been able to find lots of common ground to actually become friends as we’ve each gotten older. We don’t always agree on everything, and I’m sure there are plenty of times when we’ve rolled our eyes at one another, but none of that matters. She’s my sister and nothing can change that.

Sometime in the future, I’d like to make this quality time spent together a tradition and be able to spend some quality time with our younger sister, Emily. I don’t mention Emily much, mainly because she’s a teenager and too busy with her own crazy life for me to spend much time with her, but I still love her no matter what. I hope to one day be considered as one of her bffs, and be able to teach her some valuable life lessons like has Melanie taught me. Until that time comes, I’ll just have to be there when I can for her.

Summer isn’t over yet, and I’m sure that I’ll have some more great experiences I haven’t even considered yet, but even if nothing else happens, this will always be a time I’ll remember and cherish.

Safe travels Sister, and Happy Birthday! 🙂

One Response

  1. melanie says:

    Thanks for the blog post kid, and I enjoyed spending time with you this summer too. Glad you finally caught up with me in the age category. 🙂

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