I’m going to go off topic a little today because it is a beautiful sister’s birthday and I wanted to share a bit about her with you all..
2 years and 2months older than me, Alana has always been my fiercest protector and loving sister, but also the bossiest of all (a teacher right from the word go) 🤣.
My mother tells me that Alana wasn’t upset or worried when I arrived, apparently she was pretty chuft. A child born to be a big sister.
I praise her yes because she is amazing, but she did also relish in the fact that I basically hero worshipped her and believed everything she said. One time really sticks out in my mind where she was getting annoyed with having her little sister follow her around and we were at the house of some very close family friends. All us kids had sat down to watch a movie while the parents played canaster, and my wonderful sister told me the movie we were going to watch was a ‘No under 10 movie’ (I was 8). She instructed me to sit in the corridor. Boy was I gullible when it came her. Another one was ‘Pepper smells nice’ (Debbie take a huge sniff)🤦♀️.
All through school she was my fiercest protector. Whenever someone tried bullying me, she sorted them out. I was always known as Alana’s sister ☺️.
The first big change for us came when she moved out to go to university. That was so hard to face. The first night she spent in dorms I spent 2 hours solid crying in the car after we left her there and went to our hotel. She was going to be so far away and I hated that (She went to uni in a different country and it took 3 days to drive there).
Then came a big year in our family, 2010. I turned 18 in the January, mum turned 50 in the July and Alana turned 21 in the November. Big year.
What a blast that year was!! In amongst this all happening, Alana fell in love. Enter James into our lives. The big brother I never had.
They have now been married for 8 years, living in the beautiful Australia. Both happy, both successful.
I can honestly say even with the fighting each other, we have also fought for each other. We are completely different in personalities, bit like chalk and cheese, but I couldn’t have asked for a better person to be my big sister❤️.