Today is my baby sister's 12th birthday. She keeps calling herself a pre-teen but I keep telling her that it isn't until you are 12 and a half. After that, I will probably tell her that it isn't until you are 12 and 3/4.
Lily brings so much joy into my life that it is almost unbelievable. We have more inside jokes than anyone I know, and we have so much fun when we are together! Without her, I wouldn't know that butter goes with everything, even if indirectly. I wouldn't know how to plan the perfect murder, and I probably wouldn't laugh as much as I do. I love her so much.
She is such an incredibly special girl. She is so full of laughter and energy. She is a genius (not kidding). There is no one in the world that is more like me, yet so different from me.
I love everything about her, even the parts that get on my nerves sometimes. I love the way she sings (screams) along to the radio. I love the way she tells mom what to wear in the mornings. I love how blue her eyes are. I love the way she uses big and impressive words out of context. I love the way she knows all of the bones in the human skeleton. I love the way she knows more SAT vocabulary words than me and uses them as insults. I love the way she dresses, even if she doesn't always match. I love the way that she wanted a baby monkey pillowpet so she could put it inside the big monkey pillowpet and have the mom 'birth' the baby. I love the way she loves to have sister sleepovers. I love how she tells me all of the weird vegan food I try out on her tastes good.
Lily is my very best friend in a way no one can understand. She has taught me what it means to truly love someone else. I would lay down my life for her without a thought, and I know she would do the same for me in a heartbeat. I can't wait to see what an amazing woman she will turn in to, and how see our friendship grows through the years.
One day, seven years ago, I was just a girl holding a doll, and you were just a girl who pretended to hate pink.
We have grown so much together and have been through so much together. We've had so many firsts together, and we have many firsts together that are yet to come.
We have done things like, yelled "What?" when the superhero song said Jesus was better than Barbie. I went nightswimming with you for the first time. We walked all over the streets around my neighborhood last summer and sat in the 'rain' and talked about New York. We started college together, have endured SAT prep together; we even got our first 'tattoos' together. We will be each others' first roommates when we go to real college and then we can have our first apartments together when we travel the world and live in New York and London together. We saw Wicked together (and almost died in the process;)), and we found this awesome video together and still quote it. We saw Dick and Jerry Van Dyke and waited for them to sign our pictures forever together. You had your first stalker with me and I'm sure he still loves you;).
You will always be my Bananas, my 'bad' friend, my person-i-can-tell-my-hopes-dreams-wishes-and-future-plans-too, my future roommate, and rich husband marry-er buddy. I love you so much and I can't wait for our awesome plans to unfold;)
P.S. I put 'our song' as the title;)
P.S.S I can't wait for your amazing party.
P.S.T. "Awesome things do happen! Just look at us!!"
It came on Wednesday and it is very pretty. In fact, I think I love it.
Caden was here when it came to the house. I got very excited and he, being 3(almost 4, Dachee), got even more excited because, well, he likes to be excited...
So, we, being thrilled and all, decided to have a tea party!
It was smashing.
I made brownies.
Caden picked and 'watered' flowers.
We played Etta James
and had, Lucky Charms? Yes. That's just how cool we are.
Tea kettles are amazing and they make your tea taste better. Trust me.
Do not let your mom try to convince you that it's a waste of money. It isn't. AND, in the morning, when you have to wake up really early and you are really cold, you can put your kettle on the stove and put your hands over the spout to warm up. multifunctional. and awesome.
P.S. today is the 40th anniversary of Carole King's album Tapestry. One of my absolute FAVORITE singer/songwriters ever. I will still love her tomorrow, and it's not too late to start listening to Carole King. The Carnegie Hall Concert cd is the best. Hence the title of this post.