Today is my elder sister’s birthday. She is a wonderful person — sentimental, caring, sensitive towards other’s emotions, responsible, fun-loving, she pulled my leg like crazy (which I hated while growing up). She is very close to me, and I turn to her for emotional and practical support with closed eyes. Even when we were growing up, my younger brother and I used to fight like crazy, all the time. But, she was always the one who was different, more responsible and less excitable, who got scolded when one of us was mischievous because she was the elder one supposed to be in charge. Every step of the way, we have been friends. We shared clothes during college being similar in stature. She used to give me pocket money during MBA when she had a job to splurge as I deemed suitable :). We have very similar tastes in clothes and even in food. After mom passed away, she is sort of eased into her role in my mind. And her daughter, my niece, is very special. I still have very fond memories of her birth, and the time she spent with us. She was the laadli of her nani, mausi, mama and nana. Now, she is a big girl yet very affectionate and caring like her own mother.
Luckily, us sisters have such a good understanding that anything and everything is communicated with each other and if need be resolved. A wonderful mother, a loyal daughter, a dedicated wife, and the best sister for my brother and I — Renu, thank you for always being there for us.
I wish you a happy birthday and loads of beautiful years ahead! Thank you for being yourself!