Happy Birthday Aubrey!
On this special day, I wish I could whisk you away for an afternoon of sisterly fun. I would opt for a daytime retail therapy sesh over an evening of bar hopping -- it seems to be the safest option at this point! We both know how atrocious my stanky legg gets after I have a celebratory beverage or two. Yeesh, that image actually makes me cringe and giggle a little! You’re welcome for the awkward mental picture. Consider it an added birthday bonus. You lucky gal!
We may live thousands of miles away from one another, and this “whisking you away” thing is far from a reality, but you’ll be on my mind in a Willie Nelson kind of way. Yes, you’re always on my mind -- you’re my little sister! For the last 24 years, you’ve been my original bestie. When we were younger and moved around a lot, I never had to worry about making new friends because my best friend was standing right beside me all along.
February 2, 1988, was the day I was given the ultimate gift. In addition to a permanent BFF, I was graced with a sister to look after. You gave me a purpose, and I took on the role of a lifetime -- mama hen. It’s really only appropriate for an older sister to see it from this perspective.
Yes, you’ve tolerated a lot. Bossy doesn’t begin to describe the way I ordered you and our American Girl dolls around. I took the role of teacher a bit too seriously, and I’m sorry. I’m also two decades late with this apology -- my Danny Tanner standard of tidiness was rather intense. As a result, I’m sorry I was a neurotic roommate and never let you sit on my bed. A taut comforter and sheets don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. Among countless other quirks like these, you’ve loved me the most for being myself.
Unfortunately, your older sister does NOT have all the answers like she might assert. And while it’s hard for me to admit this, you’ve actually taught me a lot over the years. But as your older sister, I have a little pep talk for you as you take on this next year with gusto...
Remind yourself daily that you’re amazing, because you are. Be patient and grateful. Share your hilarious wit and wisdom with others. Keep giving with that humongous heart of yours -- that’s what so many of us love most about you! Continue to approach each day with great optimism, humor, and kindness, and you will go far. Even though your twenties can feel a bit wonky, I know great things are head of you! Believe in yourself. I believe in you. Live confidently, and don’t be afraid to make big decisions -- you’ve got family and friends who support you 100 percent.
In times of doubt and uncertainty, you provided me with these same tidbits of love and advice. Do you see what I mean about you being uber wise?
I love you so very much, and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for you! Thanks for being my original BFF. I plan on doing a little birthday jig in your honor -- no fizzy gimlets required.
P.S. You’re the Sandy to my Danny; the Baloo hat I’ll never wear; the only Uncle Drosselmeyer worthy of The Nutcracker. When I say booga booga, you booga booga.