When I was little I begged my parents for a little sister. Finally when I was 7 and a half years old, a soon-to-be-curly-haired-bundle-of-craziness joined our family in the form of a perfect baby. Kenza was the cutest baby I've ever seen. She had an attitude from the minute she came into the world and that hasn't let up one bit. I feel like I helped raise her. I changed her diapers, played with her, babysat, watched her grow, gave her advice and so much more. I actually eel like I'm a parent and a sister. I dropped Kenza off at the airport yesterday morning to move away to college and I felt (and still feel) a mix of emotions: proud, anxious, sad, and overwhelmingly excited for her. I can't believe that little wild baby is off to start one of the most amazing adventures of her life. I have to say, I'm thrilled that high school is over for her (high school sucks) and I can't wait to see what kind of a woman she becomes in college.
I know I already wrote you a 4 page survival guide for college (not that I really handled those 4 years all that well, but hey, I learned a lot!) but here are just a couple more thoughts for you.
- Learn how to use the library. I never did and I regret it every day.
- Take advantage of the energy around you. Feed off of it. You won't find energy like that again.
- Do not put your pet fish in a bowl of water from the sink while you clean it's tank. Claire and I can give you more info on this if you need it.
- Find a TV show you and your girlfriends like, and get together to watch it every week. This will be one of your fondest memories when you're 26.
- Call your sister all the time. Send her pictures and emails and give her lots of details because she desperately misses college.
- We love you!
Have so much fun! Savor everything! Utah is so lucky to have you. Damir and I will visit all the time. ;)
Top photo of my sister at her favorite place in the world taken with my iphone and edited with VSCO cam. Bottom two photos from Kenza's high school graduation.