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Original Photo by: mensatic

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Letter of Brother to Sister is a candid letter of an older brother to a younger sister that speaks of how genuine sibling love can overlook petty squabbling that generally characterizes young sibling relationships.

To my little cry-baby sister,

I’ll give it to you straight. Your incessant whining is deafening to the ears. Your capricious demands based on being the younger one truly tests my patience. Your girly talk makes me want to roll up my eyes and drop dead. Your constant following embarrasses me. Even your mere presence infuriates me sometimes.

I wonder then how is it possible for me to love you when I have all the reasons to hate you.

Why is it that you grin from ear to ear when mother scolds me instead of you when we fight? When you give me that smug look of “winning” over me, it takes all my restraint not to clobber you. I hate you for that but I love you still because when you noticed you’ve gone too far and I get punished more than I deserve, you defend me and own up some mistake. You even stay with me through my punishment in being banished to my room. Sometimes, you really ain’t bad at all.

Why do you get all the attention of our parents? Even if I’m older than you, I still feel the need to be babied by them once in a while. Just when their attention is finally on me, you just need to have something done that gets their attention once again. I swear I hate you every time you do that but couldn’t help myself loving you when you ask for my help in a nice way making me feel like a real older brother or say a sincere thank you to me even when no one is listening. I have suspicions that deep inside you respect me too but I still can’t be sure.

Why do you always have something to say about how I look? It wouldn’t be half as bad if they were positive ones but girl you certainly know how to cut a person down to size. I’d probably end up an emotionally battered adult if I take everything you say seriously. You know what though? Just when I am ready to cross you out of my life forever, you suddenly go tender on me. As if on cue, you become like a small mother to me, cutting stray thread on my clothes, fixing my collar, tying my shoe, and even managing to throw in a veiled compliment somewhere in your reprimands. I am starting to entertain the thought that you actually love me after all.

Though you make it very difficult for me to do so, I do love you my little sister. Maybe in a matter of years you will become the sister that I’ve always dreamt about having. For now, we do what we are expected to do, take opposing choices, fight over TV channels, and squeal on each other to our parents. Remind me to treasure this for we will never go back this way again.

Your big brother,

Letter Writer


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Teresa Martinez

A freelance researcher-writer who has continuously been in such field for 8 years. Previous to that, her work experiences are in the banking, advertising, and cooperative industries. More of her work in Google+

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