You’re 17

By Beth Winze

11:47 p.m.

Tomorrow you turn 17.  

I was looking through old pictures of us today laughing at the baby pictures in which your massive baby blues often gave you a look of fear when two year old me was holding you in my arms.  I was never big into baby dolls when I was little, but somehow, when you came along, you became my own personal baby doll.  You were everything to me, and I wanted to show you off to everyone.

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11:51 p.m.

Tomorrow you turn 17.

The awesome bike I had and the adorable car you drove were the epitome of youth growing up.  I can only try to remember how many countless times we drew chalk parking stalls and roadways as we attempted to teach ourselves how to drive at a very, very young age!  And after that, I would play house with you always trying to boss you around and be your “mom”, and you so willingly played along.

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11:54 p.m.

Tomorrow you turn 17.

The matching dresses mom made us wear, only encouraging the fact that we looked like twins.  We hated it, but looking back, I have to admit, it was pretty darn cute.  Until recently, I never liked it when you copied me, but I realized it was just because we are so close.  It means the world to me when you ask to borrow my clothes and I can borrow yours.  It means our sense of style is not too far off no matter how different our personalities are.

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11:57 p.m.

Tomorrow you turn 17.

All the childhood games we played in which involved us bringing out all our toys and regretting our decision when mom told us to clean up.  Never fun.

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12:00 a.m.

TODAY you are 17.

We are no longer little kids with the world at our feet.  We are young women who have the world in our hands.  You just finished CNA classes and have abundantly shown a heart felt desire to serve others in the medicinal field.  You are a BEAUTIFUL young woman who shows a natural wisdom in your decisions.  You are everything to me.  You are my best friend, my supporter, and most importantly my sister, who I could not imagine ever going a day without talking too!  Don’t let your heart grow weary with age.  Keep youth in your heart and that light in your eyes!














My biggest supporter


My best friend


3 Replies to “You’re 17”

  1. What a beautiful birthday gift. She will never have another on so special and especially from someone so talented and caring as you. We love you both so much.


  2. Such a wonderful and touching tribute to your younger sister!! The two of you do look very much alike – your smiles radiate how much you love life! I hope you both achieve your dreams! ^_^


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