A sister can be seen as someone both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double. – Toni Morrison
Mish, today, 21 years ago I met you for the first time.
Our family was now complete and I know my little 22 month old self fell in love with my beautiful baby sister immediately. You can tell by my proud smile that I was honoured to have a little sister to cherish and love.
We are and always have been the best of friends. We were never ever bored (how could we be with a creative Ma like ours). We spent afternoons painting and doing all kinds of arts and crafts. Your natural talent for art, gift-wrapping, card-making, scrapbooking and photography has far surpassed what we created back then. Mine, unfortunately, still resembles that below.
From playing with our un-rivalled Lego set to rollerblading down our long Northcliff driveway to playing dress up (all hand made outfits might I add) to building tents from linen in our rooms to looking after the ‘fairies’ that lived in the big Jacaranda tree in the back garden and watching The Lion King and Pocahontas on a daily basis – we knew all the words; we always had so much fun! Now we can lie on the couch or just be driving in a car and laugh hysterically for no reason at all when we are together.
No-one gets me quite like you do my sis and we can always be our silly, mischievous, honest and loving selves when we are together.
Ma made our clothes herself and we were always the cutest pair in our matching outfits.
The last time we dressed the same (and probably will) was for Xandri’s wedding almost two years ago. I loved being a bridesmaid with you during this time. This holiday in Cape Town was one of the best.
An integral part of your life was your involvement first in artistic gymnastics but finally and most importantly rhythmic gymnastics. Your (and ma’s) dedication here – the hours and hours spent training and travelling earned you not only your regional Gauteng colours but also your national Protea colours! Not many people can boast with an achievement of this magnitude.
I know these years of your life are unforgettable and a big love of your life is and will always be this sport.
I have watched you grow into the most beautiful woman and am so unbelievably proud of everything you have achieved in life. You demonstrate strength and dignity in even the most adverse of circumstances. Your beauty shines through from your heart that is filled with so much love, passion, consideration and care for others.
You are always smiling, always willing to help and barely ever in a bad mood. This is admirable and I strive to be more like you in demeanour every day.
You are so intelligent and I am confident of your future success as an engineer. On top of this your photography skills are phenomenal. Your mind is both mathematical and creative – a combination which some of the most celebrated people of time were blessed with: Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Crockett Johnson, M.C Escher, Mozart, Beethoven, Pythagoras, Albert Eienstein…
The list is endless and you will be on this list.
You are unbelievably photogenic, I believe this is because you are so comfortable in your skin. You are sure of the person you are and the life you are creating for yourself. There are not many people out there with your determination to be who you are no matter what people might think.
You have both feet planted firmly on the ground – this coupled with the fact that your head (in stark contrast) is always floating high up above in the clouds is what will insure your success and happiness in the world.
I am so proud to call myself your sister and I know we have so many special times to look forward to together.
I want to wish you – my sister and my forever friend – the happiest 21st birthday!
I love you