Siblings are people that you do not pick. You may be born with them already there or you may get to have them as you gain in years. They are the bunch of people who will stand by you whether they like it or not. You are bound by blood but more than that you are linked by your experiences just because. They are the first people to test your patience, your ability to understand, your ability to love. They are the people who will know you inside-out–your mannerisms, sense of fashion even your preferences with people you want to be friends with.
I am blessed to have siblings that are so similar yet so diverse in many ways.
Dearest Big Bro, Laiking and Hopia,
As I am writing this letter, I want you to know that I am missing you guys very much. Being far-away has its perks and its let-downs and one of those let-downs is not being able to be with you everyday. We are in separated in three different places right now as we are building our lives and pursuing our dreams.
I want you to know that I am proud of you guys. I rejoice with you in every victory–milestones, breakthroughs and recognitions. I celebrate your lives because I just know that if you are not here with me, there will be a huge void in my being because of the absence of your laughs, pats on the back, your hugs and kisses.
BIg Bro, thank you for being there. You are a source of the most assuring words and your big hugs are one of the few most comforting luxuries I have in life. Thank you for understanding me and for being there when I need someone to talk to about life. Thank you for advices and for the inspiration that are found in your telling me of your dreams and aspirations in life. Thank you for patience–through the years of dealing with my hard-headed-ness, my stubbornness, my ever fortified will. You are the best big brother anyone could ever have and I say this not because you’re the only one I have, but because you are the big brother that is right for me. I don’t always say this but I want you to know that I love you to infinity and beyond.
Laiking, you are an answered prayer. One night, while mom was pregnant with you still, she asked kuya and I if we wanted a baby brother or sister, kuya said that he wanted a baby brother and that you will be a boy, I insisted that you will be a little sister. Of course kuya started insisting that you will be a boy and I remember being tearful because I really wanted a baby sister. Mom put a stop to our bickering by telling us to pray for the younger sibling that we each wanted. I remember praying to God that night that I really wanted a baby sister and well, I guess God took my side and out you came. laughs. Although we started rough when we were growing up and I hated your guts because you took all the attention I had for five years, I realized sooner that you are one of my most valuable treasures and that I should take care of you. I realized somewhere through first year in uni that I am blessed to have you as a sister and I truly am. Now, I am super grateful because you have become a keeper of my stories and a steward of my life lessons. You have brought what I shared to you, a level higher. Again, I am proud of how you are walking in God’s calling for you and how humble you are to let yourself be used for the purposes of His kingdom. I love you tons and tons more.
Hopia, you are the cutest littlest sister in the whole wide world. I wish that you stayed to be that cute chubby baby who always lit up the room with your giggles and high-pitched laughter. You will always be my baby sister no matter how tall you become. I am amazed of how you’ve grown through the years–your achievements, passions and skills are awesome! You are proof that God does it from glory to glory. You’re everything in one and I just know that the guy, whoever he might be, who will ask you from the family, despite the difficulty he will be meeting, will be very blessed to have you. He will be the luckiest guy on earth. lol. I just want you to know that your oldest sister, myself, is always here. That if you need to talk to me, you can always send me a message and I will move the heavens and earth to attend to you. I love you to the ends of the universe and back.
I want to be able to tell you all this while we are still breathing, while you can still read this, while we can still spend time with each other. I may not always express how important you all are to me but know that in my heart of hearts, you guys have an irreplaceable space that will never, ever be taken away by anyone else. You are forever in my heart, marked in my soul and spirit.
I am blessed to have you in this life and if there is another life to live, I would willingly be a sister to you guys again.
love you all with all my heart, mind, soul and spirit,