Like most second of the same gender siblings, I looked up to her. I wanted to be just like Jen. She played T-ball, I played T-ball. Piano...check. Band....check (although different instruments). Volleyball.....check. She got braces....well, I didn't need them but I sure as hell wanted them! I remember when she had her first real boyfriends, I wanted a boyfriend named John so bad after that! She worked at out Uncle's bread store...guess where my first job was! One of my favorite bands is from her influence. There is so much of who I have become that is due to her being my big sister.
When I was 13, the last day of school, Jen asked me if I wanted to go out with her and her friends that night. Of course I ditched every plan I had had to go hang out with her. She was 16, drove her own car, hung out at this wicked awesome coffee shop at UD, smoked cigarettes, which I thought was totally cool at the time, so really I was in for the time of my life! It had been a couple years since she had been willing to play with me and I was done playing with toys at that point anyway, so I knew I was getting her attention back. Since that day, this is going to sound cheesy, she has been my closest friend.
We have had our ups and downs like any family or friend. When she left for college it hit me hard. There were a couple years where I was lost. But it also gave me the space I needed to fully appriciate her as my sister and friend. I can't imagine my life without her.
After Parker was born and we moved to Dayton, she worked it into her schedule to babysit while I commuted from Dayton to Cincinnati to finish school. She spent hours of her time outside of that, helping me edit my papers and helped me brainstorm for upcoming assignments. She gives me the opposite perspective on issues in my life, she always sees the things that I cannot.
So anyway, after gushing about her for as long as I have, today is her 31st Birthday. I can't believe that we are so far into adulthood when it feels like just yesterday we were hanging out at The Grind meeting her future husband and his friends outside the bathroom.......my my how time flies.
Thank you Jen for being such a great role model, friend and sister! Who else can say that there sister is also there sponsor for FA or CA!!!! (Not many....I can tell you that)
And of course I am late posting this because technically it is now my Dad's birthday (sorry Jen)
|Jen, Jack and me at her wedding|
|Aunt Jen with baby Macy|
|Silly faces at Phish|