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Time Flies

Today is my baby sister Emily’s 18th birthday…which means I probably should stop calling her a baby since she’s officially an adult now.

I’m not sure what happened to the last 18 years, as I can vividly remember sitting in the doctor’s office watching the little black and white screen with my mom and older siblings while the doctor was trying to determine the sex of the new baby like it was yesterday. And when she proved too shy for the machine to give a clear picture, I remember seeing her raise her hand to her forehead on the screen with as much dramatic flair as a seasoned actress fainting on-screen, and instantly we knew the newest family member was another girl.

The transformation from helpless child to an adult peer seems to have happened almost overnight without any warning. It’s strange to think that my little sister, who I once held as a baby is now in her senior year of high school, and ready to head off to college next fall.

With our 10 year age gap, it hasn’t always been easy finding common ground, but now that she’s started to have some life experiences like dating and making plans for the future, I have a feeling that the gap will start to seem like less of a distance as she catches up and becomes an adult.

As weird as it is for me to see her grow from infancy to adulthood, I can only imagine how it must be for my parents to see their youngest reach this milestone, and after they’ve spent the last 3 decades raising children.  I’m sure they are more than ready for a break after all of the trouble we’ve given them over the years.

Over just the last couple of years I’ve witnessed some major transformations happen that have made her go from being just a kid to a young lady, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for my little sister.

Happy Birthday Emily!


One Response

  1. Jo Bohnenstiehl says:

    Happy Birthday Emily. Thanks Katy for such a nice article

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