For many people I grew up with, you might not have realized or remember that I have a sister. Carly lives with my Dad and Stepmom and came into my life when I was 13. It is hard to believe that she is getting ready to graduate from high school this spring and head off to college to begin her adult life. I can not believe I just said that...adult...my sister...where does time go?
Anyways, I feel like the title of this picture should be missED instead of miss, or maybe both. When I left for the AF in 2005, I knew that I would miss seeing Carly grow up in a lot of ways. Unfortunately, I never got to see her all dressed up for a dance, escort her on a date, take her shopping at the mall. We have never got to have our hair done together, our toes painted, or I don't remember even going out to lunch just her and I. I don't even know if I will be able to make it home this spring to see her graduate from HS. I have missed a chunk of her life, and I hate that. I have missed us growing together as Sisters should. And more importantly I just miss her. I feel like I walked away from her right as she was getting to those "important" teenage years where you need someone to lean on and learn from, to go to with questions and blow off steam about your parents when you just can not stand them anymore.
. It is hard for me to realize that my "little" sister has grown into a beautiful young lady who is about to go out into the world on her own. I just hope that she realizes that she is loved, that I am here for her no matter what, and that someday I hope we can go to lunch, have a pedicure and hit the malls together all while sharing secrets and stories of what is happening in our lives. I miss you Carly.