My sister, Nicole, is 14 months older than I am. Although I’m 26 years old, I still look up to her with the same admiration I did when we were growing up. We were not allowed to fight when we lived under Mom and Dad’s roof, so we genuinely got along, unlike most sisters that close in age. When she and I moved away to attend separate colleges, we still managed to keep a close relationship with one another. After college, we moved out together and were roommates for three years. After going from not seeing each other for months at a time while in college, to seeing each other every day while we were roommates, our relationship never changed.
Nicole became a Meadows last year on June 9 when she married Traye. Her last name changed that day, and she was no longer my roommate, but that was all that changed. I am still very close to Nicole even though I don’t get to see her as much as I used to. We still borrow things from one another and share clothes and jewelry like we used to. We still talk on the phone and help each other out when we can, too. Recently, Nicole has been on big sister duty as she has been helping me with my ENG555 composition teaching and theory course. Nicole is in her tenure year of teaching special education at Dade Elementary, so she was my go-to when I realized that I needed help in that class. She has welcomed me into her and Traye’s home over the last three weeks and has taken time out of her day to sit with me and help me through my homework. She even showed up at my house unexpected to help me because she knew I was struggling with an assignment, and she brought ice cream. We have worked together on each assignment the past three weeks, and I have learned something from her every time. I have thanked Nicole numerous times for helping me in this difficult course, but I don’t think she realizes how thankful I truly am for her in all aspects. I’m thankful that Mom and Dad raised us to love each other. Because of that, we have spent our entire lives getting along instead of fighting like most siblings do. I’m thankful that we can celebrate each other and the things we accomplish, and I’m thankful that we have a natural instinct to do anything we can for each other. It’s true what they say, “There is no truer friend than a sister.” Nicole has never left me stranded and I know that no matter where I may go, or what I may do, Nicole will always be there, and that’s why I admire her like I do. So, no matter how old I get, I will always look up to my sister. She is and always will be my best friend.
— Kayla Beaty is the managing editor of the Times-Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com.