To my not-so little sister,
They say Raksha Bandhan is a day that celebrates brothers. As I grew up it was reiterated even more.I was taught, Rakhi is the thread that binds and protects, and I always wondered what happens to little girls that don’t have brothers? Will there be no bond and no protection!
Until the day you came into my life. A relationship that began with jealousy and grew into the greatest protective bond.From the moment you were born, I knew I had a best friend for life. Someone I could fight,argue,scream,punch,pull hair (maybe have couple of soda bottles chucked on my head at times!), cry, love, all with the same magnitude of emotions and not be judged.
You’re my built in fighter. You’re my go-to for everything. You might be the younger of us two for the world, but for me you’re my older sister. From fashion to relationship advice and from being the 3am panic call advisor to my partner in crime ( especially when it involves mom!) You’re always there – ready to protect me like no brother in the world can.
You’re my sanity and my brain. You tell me when I’m exaggerating, and you tell me when ‘I don’t care’ enough. You keep me from getting into situations that I shouldn’t get into. When I don’t listen and do what I want, you’re there to fix it all when the world is falling down.
Your courage and braveness astounds me every single day. You ‘fearlessness’ is unmatchable – from getting lost at Charles de Gaulle Airport when you were all of 9 to getting a baarat band to perform in all pomp and show inside a 150 sq ft hotel room to see me smile and literally punching a 6ft man down on a road because he said something to me. You are someone I will always look upto for your fearlessness, strength,courage and passion.No matter how tough the situation is, no matter how many times you’ve been knocked down, no matter how many times you’ve been treated less than fair, I want you to know you are a hero. And most importantly, YOU ARE MY HERO!
We might be different in many ways, but we are identical in far more. You know my biggest fears and my strongest passions.You have seen me at my best and you have seen me at my worst and yet you still do everything you can to be there for me. You can sense my mood as if it is your own and know just how to cheer me up. But most importantly, you have taught me more than you will ever know about living life.
Thankyou for being the person you are and the best friend I can never get rid of.
No matter how old we grow and our teeth are few, I will always be overprotective about you ; I would go to battle for you in a heart beat and slay your dragons if I could; I will always want to do your projects and will always bring the world down if I can’t trace you on the first phone call. But always remember, I will always be your number one cheerleader, I will always be proud.
This Raksha Bandhan, I celebrate you – “My not so little sister!”
Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.