“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.”
– Toni Morrison
Have I ever mentioned that I have an 11-year-old sister?
Yep, it’s true. My teenage children have an 11-year-old Aunt Brandy. I know, crazy, right? (And you better believe she tries to use that fact when they’re arguing over something…”You HAVE to listen to me, I’m your aunt!”…)
Now, Brandy’s not my only sister, mind you. I’m actually the oldest of a clan of six. My mom and dad split when I was just a baby, so I’m the only biological child they had. But then my mom remarried and had my three sisters and one brother. My dad, on the other hand, didn’t get around to having any more children until much later in life when Brandy came along, so now he is the proud father of two daughters….24 years apart!
Well, recently I’ve started to notice something. I’m thinking this whole ‘writing’ thing may have come from my dad’s side of the family. Because that little 11-year-old has some seriously mad skills with the written word.
Here, let me show you something.
No dreams. No rest. No nothing. Night after night of restlessness. Night turns into day, and day into night. Over and over again. No sleep. Sleepless.
I lay awake on a cold, rainy night. Looking out the window and seeing all the lights off I think “Ah. So many people can get sleep. But, why can’t I?” The windows are as cold as ice. Touching the window made my fingers numb. But, I still feel that lifeless cold against my fingers as I look out into the darkness. No sleep. None.
Sleep well, my friends. Because there are those who are sleepless night after night…
Umm…hello!? Did I mention she’s ELEVEN YEARS OLD? Look out, missyspublicjunk, I think brandysbetteratthisthanmissy is on your tail!
Or, how about this one?
Hard To Love
Have you ever felt like you can’t be loved or you can’t love anyone? Truth is, everyone in some way is hard to love.
Maybe it’s that little anger issue you have. Or you cry so easily that your friends tease you over it. It could be that you won “Miss Drama Queen Of The Year.” You could like nerds and geeks. You could have likes and dislikes far bizarre than others’. You might put up a wall between you and other people. And there’s still over millions of other things that make people hard to love! But we all are human beings. We have our flaws. We are who we are. You should be proud of yourself for all that you’ve done!
So next time when you feel unloved, remember, you’re not the only one. EVERYONE is hard to love.
How about this line from a poem she wrote entitled “I Am From”:
“I am from darkness, with pieces of heaven falling down…”
I am just absolutely blown away at the talent this little girl possesses. I wonder if she knows that? I’ve told her so, but I wonder if she really knows it, you know?
My dad told me that she has been reading my blog. He thinks that seeing what I have written has influenced and encouraged her to write. Wow. How proud I am to have influenced something so great.
See, I used to be eleven, too. I used to sit in my room writing feverishly in my little trapper keeper. Poems, stories, journal entries. You name it, I wrote it. And I didn’t show anyone. What if they didn’t like it? What if they made fun of me? But not this 11-year-old. This girl is putting her writing out there for the world to see. Thank goodness she has that kind of courage. It took me over 30 years to find it.
This girl is going to go places. And I hope she knows how proud of her I am.
Thanks for letting me take the time to brag on my little sis.
“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”
– Marion C. Garretty