For me, this picture captures so much. This is me and my sister in, I believe, 1980, just after we return to the U.S. from living in Germany. I am the older one. We're out at my family's lake property, which, as I've mentioned before, is a very special place for me, and will be the place where I get married. I'm holding up the first fish I ever caught, and I remember feeling so proud. Looking at it now, it is a very small fish, but at the time, it seemed like an enormous accomplishment. My family has fished for trout from that lake for four generations.
I also love how my sister is looking at me. It is just so her. First of all, when she was younger, she was so full of happiness, and she always seemed to have that wonderful smile on her face. Second, she really looked up to me as her big sister, and this picture really captures that. Because she looked up to me so, I felt an obligation to protect her. For example, if we watched a show or movie that scared her, I would always try to convince her not to be scared, even though I was just as scared as she was. I felt it was my obligation as an older sister to not let her see me as scared as she was.
I am so happy to have a sister in my life. She truly was my best friend while we were growing up, even though at the time I generally thought she was a pest. At some point, she stopped looking up to me in that way, and it was very difficult for me to deal with. Now, we have a lot of similar interests, and we talk on the phone several times a week. I truly believe she knows be better than anyone else in the world, and I wouldn't want it any other way.