Carina in Nashville, October 2013
Ok, this is belated, which you probably already know. If I had been on my A-game, I would have had this scheduled for when my family was in town a couple weeks ago, when it actually was Carina's birthday. Going forward, I am implementing a "birthday month" policy for these posts.
When I was younger, I was usually jealous of my sister. I think I've shared this story before, but since her birthday is during the Summer, it usually fell when we were traveling somewhere; Finland, India, etc. One year I vividly remember celebrating it in Lake Tahoe, and totally eye-rolling when she opened a gift of some new clothes. My dad said, "Priya, it's really only a matter of time before those become yours anyway!" He made a good point. So I'd like to open this birthday tribute by saying: holy hand-me-downs! I hardly have an outfit post without something that Carina has "given" me (sometimes it's stolen ;)
This may seem very superficial when I'm explaining how much I love my sister, but we have always bonded over fashion (where my bloggers at?! You get me!) Since the moment I realized we could "share" I've been beg steal and borrowing things from her to wear! The very first time(s) I shopped online were when we learned how to hook up Carina's debit card! So we've really bonded over all that normal, girly stuff, her doing my hair, sharing clothes, getting our nails done, etc. All of those things that you have to learn as a girl, so thank goodness for sisters!
Still being jealous: my sister has always been an avid reader, and that's what spurred me to learn to read. Carina was running cross-country and track in high-school when I was younger, and there I was a few years later, doing the same thing. When I think about her now, I think she knows everything. She has taught me so much! I text her all the time with random questions, and she never judges me, just helps me out instead.
In my life, I've never felt like I had the type of sisters that are your best friends. (I would like to take this time to share that I learned to braid my hair by myself because Carina would refuse to do it for me as she was running out the door for school.) But I have to say, as I've gotten older, I've come to absolutely love the kind of sisterhood we share. They may not be conventionally "my best friends", but they are in a way; the kind that always has my back, always loves me, and who I now have the craziest/funniest time with. I feel that we really respect each other, and give each other space, but have still achieved that sisterly level of being all up in each other's business.
I am so so thankful for the relationship I have with Carina now. I only really remember a few years of being young and her willingly playing with me, and we've had our clashes, like all sisters, but now, it feels like what I've always wanted.
Carina, you're the sister I've always admired! You are so wise and lovely, and LOVED by me!
Happy 26th Birthday to you, and here's to a great year.