My sister to my hood 💯

Growing up I always wanted a brother. Instead, I got an older sister.

My sister was always super quiet and I was always naturally loud and chatty #LikeMyMama. She would always tell me that I was adopted to push my buttons and I would turn into She-Hulk (my cousins still remind me about my violent tendencies & obsession with knives as a child #She-HulkRevengeTime). She would happily stay home and chill, whereas I would cry from boredom and play every sport I could just to get out of my house aka Islander Prison. She prefers luxury items and retail therapy, and I have always been cheap, love op-shopping and make my own clothes. At high school she won creative writing awards and I was the Maths whizz. She was my second mother who wouldn’t lie for me when I wanted to sneak out to go to a party and I would jump out the window thinking, YOLO!

It was safe to say we were total opposites.

But as I’ve grown older I’ve realized that we both have always been thinkers, planners and do-ers. We loved our sport and are naturally very competitive on the court or field #NoSuchThingAsSocialGames. We both have always had a strong work ethic and are very goal orientated. We sometimes have our own random sense of humour where we can be the only ones laughing with each other in a room full of people. Our parents and our family are huge priorities and is how we have earned our google doctor and google lawyer degrees, plus we both roll our eyes at our dad at the same time when he reminds us of HIS dream for us to get the real life doctor and lawyer degrees #GrandkidsYourTurn.

Recently I came across a quote from Toni Morrison which I think really sums up our sisterhood, “My sister is a part of me, both very much like me and very much unlike me. Whatever part she is, she is a part of me.” This also reminded me about how I love how different my sister and I are and that underneath it all, we share this unbreakable connection where we have and will always be there for each other no matter what. And when I really think about it, through birth we are siblings but we have been working on being sisters our whole lives, which is a real blessing and privilege that many do not have.

So today we celebrate the day my sister was born and after wishing for a brother my whole childhood, I find myself quite happy and grateful for my adopted older sister 😘

Birthday blessings and love you always sis xo

Author: Dahlia Malaeulu

dah·li·a (dah-lee-ya) / noun: a flower that is widely cultivated for its impact and coloured personality / adj: abundant, bright, bold, fresh, ready-to-bloom / human form: daughter, mother, wife, educator, problem solver, creative, teine Sāmoa / working on: creating more brown spaces in the world / currently: moving in the write direction.

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