Today is a very emotional day for me. It’s so emotional that I had to write about it so that I could remember how happy I was on this day.
Iveliz, there are no words to describe my gratitude for you. You have been such an amazing sister, everything that you could hope for in a sister and MORE. Who knew that the sisters who fought so much as children would one day be so close, funny how life works right? I know when I was little you hated having me around, I would always report back to mami and papi about what you were doing and who you were hanging out with. I know if I were a teenager with a personal spy for our parents I would hate me too.
As I grew though, you became more like a friend to me and let’s face it more like a parent too. You were able to keep my secrets like a sister but teach me right from wrong like a parent. You’ve seen me in every phase of my life from childhood to motherhood and I’ve learned something from you in every one of those phases. If not for your mistakes, I wouldn’t be where I am today. You’re the only person I can be an open book to and feel no judgment; you are also one of the few people who understand my very private and mysterious ways (wink wink).
I know I’ve thanked you every time you’ve done something for me but I don’t think you understand how truly thankful I really am. I’ve been trying to do something nice for you for a while but nothing seems big enough to show you how I really feel. You’ve put so much money, work, sweat, and time into the things you’ve done for me these last couple of years all while having to be a full-time wife, worker, student, mother, sister, daughter, friend, cook, cleaner, driver, financial manager… and the list can go on. You managed to do all those things while at the same time plan and execute an amazing graduation party, gender reveal, and babyshower for me. Sometimes I feel as though you don’t get enough credit for all that you do but I want you to know that I notice everything.
So why is today so special? Today, in the golden state of California, you walk to claim your master’s degree. After graduating many years ago from college, a husband and 6-year-old child later, you went back to school and still while doing all the things that you do, walked away today with yet another degree under your belt. You are a true inspiration and I am so proud of you. I will always continue to follow in your footsteps. When I look at you I know anything is possible. Who knew we’d turn out so good coming from parents who didn’t even finish high school? Congratulations to you on your big day and sorry I couldn’t physically be there today.
P.S.- I cannot wait to start this new endeavor that we’ll be partaking in soon. There are many more good things yet to come!!