Let me begin by saying thanks.
I'd like to thank my parents for giving me the most remarkable gift of all.
It’s not for the teddy bear they got me for my first birthday. It wasn’t the party they threw me for my sweet 16, and no, it wasn’t my first car they got me when I turned 17.
I do appreciate all of those gifts, but the one I’m most grateful for is something unique, something irreplaceable. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t a birthday present at all. It was the gift of my sisters.
My sisters feed me the courage I need to get along. Of course, we fight on occasion, but we can’t hold a grudge for more than an hour (at max).
Sisterly bonds are truly incomparable; we just get each other. They’ve been right alongside of me, from my awkward middle school stage to my high school days.
As I went off to college, we had to separate for the first time in our lives, since each one was born. It was one of the most upsetting things I’ve had to do.
So, here are the reasons why I’m thankful for my parents, and this wonderful gift they have so gracefully blessed me with:
Thank you for my sisters, who make me laugh uncontrollably.
Even if they are far from funny, it’s okay because I know they're trying to make me laugh. In the end, that’s all that really matters.
Thank you for my sisters, who will support my every decision.
They are there for me through the thick and thin. From decisions about what college I should attend to what shirt I should buy, they always know what to say.
I know I can always rely on them to give me an honest opinion for what’s truly best for me.
Thank you for my sisters, who will defend me every step of the way.
I know they will continuously have my back, and no one will ever get in the way of our relationship. They’ll always stick up for me, especially if anyone decides to sh*t talk behind my back.
Thank you for my sisters, who look up to me as their wise and knowledgeable older sibling.
They come to me and ask for help with boys, friends, college applications, homework and even the torturous editing of an Instagram pic. They understand I’m always willing to be their guide through their lives.
Thank you for my sisters, who love me through my failures.
Instead of recognizing my letdowns as failures, my sisters see them as successes. They remind me to keep persevering, even in the hardest of times.
Thank you for my sisters, who will stay in with me on a Saturday night to cuddle and watch movies.
When I have no plans for the upcoming Saturday, they obviously cancel theirs. There’s nothing better than a little sister movie marathon, watching "Bridesmaids" or anything that features Zac Efron.
Thank you for my sisters, who allow me to have three wardrobes.
Whether it’s for a hot date or a night out with my girlfriends, I’ll never be out of clothes to wear. We may be different ages and sizes, but that doesn’t stop us from constantly shopping in each other’s closets.
Thank you for my sisters, who are shoulders to lean on when I’m drowning in tears.
Through tough heartbreaks and fights with our best friends, we know we always have each other. I can count on my sisters to be by my side in a heartbeat to console and comfort me when I’m hurt.
Thank you for my sisters, who teach me new things every day.
Although they may be younger than me, I learn something new from these girls every day. They keep me updated with everything, from celebrity gossip to the new iPhone updates.
Thank you for my sisters, who embrace me with the warmest hugs.
Coming home for winter break and running into my sisters’ open arms is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Not one day goes by where I don’t think about them and how much I miss their smiling faces.
There’s always a countdown until I can see them next.
Thank you for my sisters, who will one day be the bridesmaids at my wedding.
On my special day, I know I will have two beautiful people standing next to me, and supporting the biggest decision of my life. They will do so just like they have with every other decision I’ve made growing up.
Thank you for my sisters, who will give me nieces and nephews.
One day, when we all settle down with families, I’ll be spoiling their children with plenty of gifts, as if they were my own. Hopefully, this will help me achieve the title of “the favorite aunt.”
Thank you for my sisters, who love me unconditionally.
Most importantly, the love I receive from my sisters is undeniably irreplaceable. They will forever be the loves of my life, as I will be theirs.
Mom and Dad, thank you for my best friends.