Whatever Happened To My Sister?

Those of you on Facebook are familiar with the "On This Day" feature, right? Yesterday, a post appeared in my feed: "On This Day Five Years Ago." It was a picture of my 5-year-old and 3-year-old daughters. Big Sis had her arm around Little Sis, as both slept in my bed, snuggled together so sweetly. It was such a precious picture.

Five years has passed, and now they are 10 and 8. (Big Sis would add "10 1/2," as yesterday was her half-birthday.) We went to see Disney on Ice yesterday. It was our Christmas gift to my sister and nieces. Big Sis wasn't interested at all, but she looked forward to watching her little cousins, ages 4 and 2, react to the spectacle. Little Sis was far more excited, but tried not to show it too much. I asked the girls what they were going to wear, because I knew the cousins were dressing up. Little Sis dressed in her Olaf t-shirt, a ruffly tutu skirt, and leggings. Big Sis threw on jeans and a nice top. "She never wants to dress fancy anymore," Little Sis lamented.

That's true. My original tutu and fairy wing princess has outgrown all of that. She prefers Parks and Rec to princess shows, and playing guitar to playing dress-up. I hear them bicker over the television and playtime. And it's still early yet. Big Sis has no interest in boys, or even in getting older - she's terrified of middle school and puberty and teenagers - but she's changing, and her sister isn't ready.

Whatever Happened to My Sister? by Simona Ciraolo.
Flying Eye Books, 2015.

The girls read this book together, as you can see in the top photo. They snuggled and told me how sweet it was. Later, I read it. It made me cry.

The narrator is a little sister, perplexed by her changing older sister. Her big sister is suddenly tall, and boring, and has no sense of fashion. "This new sister shows no interest in pretty things."

She decides to ask her sister's friends, "but something wasn't right with them either. And it wasn't just that a lot of them were boys."

She finally sits down to remember how close they were, and begins to cry.

But her big sister finds her, and they "put on some music and we listened to it together."

It's hard watching your babies cease to be babies. I can see how hard it's been for Little Sis lately, too, as Big Sis moves away from make-believe and fairies and toys.

Anyway, this book is positively lovely, and as it's published by Flying Eye Books, it's handsomely bound, as well.

Excuse me... I've got something in my eye...

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  1. "as Big Sis moves away from make-believe and fairies and toys" STOP STOP STOP. I'm going to cry too!! Oh I'm not ready for all of this! Not ready! What a lovely book. The only silver lining I can see about this child getting older biz is that when my daughter turns 11 and I finally get to give her the complete set of Anne of Green Gables, just like I got when I was 11. CRY CRY CRY

    1. Sorry. ;)

      Big Sis is almost finished with the 3rd Harry Potter book. I figure the next four will keep her busy 'til her 11th. I might pLan for Anne then, too!

  2. Oh my we are in the same place in my house and it is hard! Tori wants privacy and to be left alone and Penny just wants to play toys with her sister. And we've started shopping at stores like American Eagle and Aeropostale. I'm not ready for Middleschool next year sniff sniff. You are not alone lol

    1. I'm grateful for Big Sis's September birthday - at least we get to put off middle school one more year! This growing up business is so hard. I just took Big Sis jeans shopping. Despite her shortness, we still wound up buying something in juniors. She's also raiding my sister's donation bags. Eek.


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