I’m not a big fan of over-sentimentality, and neither is my sister. You could blame it on being raised as Baptists, meaning we can tell when people are more interested in being seen testifying than living their testimonies. We’re good at lots of things—telepathy, social media investigations, tag-team babysitting at church and reunions, and so on. Saying how much we love each other? Not so much.
She is truly my biggest fan—I can never post anything to the page without her immediately texting me about it, and trying to post a comment to our page. Even my pictures always get retweeted, which seemed to be unnecessary to me, until I thought about it for a moment. I’ve come to realize this social media affection is her way of saying she loves me, or is proud of me. I’ve realized this blog is one of my ways to say that to her.
That’s why this day, I want to celebrate my sister for doing something that isn’t always easy. Dominique, you’ve finished high school, and I also hope you’ve finished the time in your life where you put other people’s happiness before your own. You are so service-oriented, intelligent, in-sync with those you love, brave, and perseverant—I could learn a lot from you here. I pray that everyone at USCB sees and loves you for these things, and that most of all, you never forget them yourself. To my favorite GRIT of the Month, please stop stealing my shirts.
I'm sharing the transcript here of my brother and I’s graduation speech to our sister, with hopes of not making this piece too too mushy. Also, this piece wouldn’t actually be a celebration of my sister if I didn’t include where to follow her. Her Twitter handle is @margueritta99, and her Instagram is the same.