“One of the things that makes me feel beautiful is when I am reminded that I am being looked up to as a role model. Besides being a wife and a workaholic, I also have another role that I take very seriously in my life. This role is being an older sister to my astonishing little sis.
The first time I realized that my lil sis actually looks up to me is when I was getting ready to go to my first official date. I was 16 and I found my 6-year-old sis sitting on the floor, eyes wide opened as I carefully put on some lip gloss and a little blush. I looked down and she smiled back saying, "You’re purr-dee Ate," giggles and all. By the way, “Ate” is a Tagalog word meaning older sister. And “purr-dee” is a 6-year-old word for … well you know, pretty. After a wonderful date, I came home that night to a room with red lipstick walls and my sister looking like a drag queen gone bad. Oh man I wanted to spank her let me tell you, but I stopped and realized that she was just trying to be just like her big sis. I remembered that I used to watch my Mom the same way she did whenever my Mom would get all glammed up. Unfortunately, my lil sis didn’t have my mom to look up to due to life’s circumstances. I was it, I realized, and that day, I felt beautiful.
Today, my lil sis is growing up to be an amazing, beautiful young lady. She’s my self-proclaimed blog manager and photographer. She’s a brainiac, a musical genius, and a professional doodler. She’s her own person but I can definitely see the core values that I’ve rooted over and over to her bloom and flourish. She’ll never admit to it, but she proves it every time I witness her making big or small decisions.
Nowadays, she’s the one who teaches me a thing or two. The world is filled with negative role models. Role models of lust, greed, and hate. I dared to be different. My sister deserved it and in turn, making me feel beautiful within, shining without.”
Thanks BBM for being a part of this! You make me wish I wasn’t an only child 🙂 So moved by your answer and your sister is just as gorgeous as you