December 14, 2011

what i've learned from... my sister.

Marry the person who compliments and complements you. (Yes, you'll know.)

Cheez-Its are a perfect food. They just are.

It's totally okay to be a list-making, color-coding Type A nut. In fact, it comes in handy.

Be the mom who can both guide your kids and laugh with them, too. It's important to set limits, of course, but it's equally important to appreciate mistakes. They teach the best lessons.

Cheerleading isn't just for the girly girls. Tomboys can still rock pom poms.

You can be a really incredible person with a really huge heart and still laugh at things that probably definitely shouldn't be laughed at. It makes you human. And fun.

Respect your siblings, your parents, your grandparents, your kids... and, well, everyone. Respect, empathy, and support are everything.

Join clubs. Be a leader. Make a place for yourself in your community—it benefits everyone.

There are more important things to worry about. Always.

Do the little things: Send birthday cards, remember anniversaries, call regularly, and offer to help whenever you can. It'll mean more than you even realize.

When you talk to someone, really listen to what they have to say. They'll notice.

Somehow, there is time. Time to have a happy marriage, raise amazing kids, pursue a career (or two), lead each and every school club/party/PTA meeting, and take care of everyone you know.

Chocolate is seriously overrated. 

Do the right thing. You'll always feel better when you take the high road.

There's nothing quite like a sister, someone who can be entirely different from you in a million separate ways—can be twelve years apart from you, in fact—but still understand you like no one else ever could.

And if you're lucky enough to have one, tell her you love her. 
(Even if that's usually just a given.)

9 comments:

ashleigh said... [Reply to comment]

this is beautiful i love it;
i hope my sister has learned some things from me as i have from her

Nikskie said... [Reply to comment]

"It's important to set limits, of course, but it's equally important to appreciate mistakes. They teach the best lessons" -- gasp! you address the words right and beautifully. i love your writing.

Alice said... [Reply to comment]

"It's totally okay to be a list-making, color-coding Type A nut. In fact, it comes in handy." Ah so true! x

Katherine Krieg said... [Reply to comment]

TOTALLY love this! And what an adorable picture.

The Magnificent Lou said... [Reply to comment]

I completely adore the "What I've Learned..." series. My little sister - 2.5 years younger - teaches me things all the time. I hope she is learning a little something from me!

sarah said... [Reply to comment]

my sister and i are twelve years apart too, and i practically couldve written this word for word about the things i've learned from her too :) lovely post

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@sarah Aw I love it! Isn't the age gap sort of great? It offers such a different, incredible relationship :)

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

I have a little sister, and I hope she can learn a lot from me like you did your sister. :)
And I agree with everything on your list...except the chocolate one ;) Lol

♥Abby

Cassie said... [Reply to comment]

It has been a couple days since this post but I cannot get the words: "marry someone that compliments and complements you" out of my head. I feel that will stick with me until I'm old and don't remember much at all.

I am still waiting to find "my own Radley" and this will definitely be a factor in it now. (: