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You’re the Inspiration

Saturday, June 04, 2005 @ 2:11 PM
To My Sister Emily with Love
By Kathryn DeFrancesca


I have a lot of fond memories of growing up with my sister Emily. There is only a three year age difference between Emily and I and we did everything together. When we were young, our mother would dress us in matching clothes all the time, we went to school together, we played together after school, we even shared the same bedroom! I have so many fun and loving memories of growing with my younger sister, but as we age together and enter the challenges of adulthood together my most proud and meaningful memories are the memories we are making right now!

Emily and I have two older siblings, Todd and Nicole and they got to do everything first. Emily and I would tag along while they got to experience high school dances and football games. We watched our sister Nicole pick out a beautiful gown to wear to her Debutant Medallion Ball. We had to stay in the hotel with Mom and Dad when they got to experience their first night in a college dorm, and in the summer of 1999 when I left our home in Upper St. Clair, PA headed for college in Lexington, KY, and Emily started high school at our alma mater, we had to begin to experience the challenges and excitement of entering adulthood on our own.

With our family spread all over the eastern United States, it was sad to be apart. Of course, the best part about being apart is getting to visit! My Mom and Emily would come down to the University of Kentucky to visit just like we would do when Emily and I would go visit Todd and Nicole at college. Emily and my Mom would stay in the guest room at the sorority house and we would go watch the horse races or see a Kentucky Football game. She came to visit when I got mono my freshman year to make me feel better, she came to all of my senior awards banquets and my college graduation, she helped me think of creative ideas while I did my student teaching in a Special Education. But now it was her turn!

After 18 year of patiently waiting Emily finally got her turn. Emily amazes me with her dedication. Emily waited 18 years to experience all of the things that she watched us experience. She watched my sister and I earn our volunteer hours and attend the Medallion Ball, and her senior year in high school, Emily made the most beautiful Medallion girl in her ball. Emily watched us graduate from Upper St. Clair High School, and in the Spring of 2004 we yelled and screamed as her name was called out in the graduation ceremony. Emily watched us go off to college and this past fall Emily took us for a personal tour of Duquesne University where she attends the Life Skills program. Emily wants to be a Teacher’s Aid and I am sure in a few years she will show us around her classroom! With Emily the sky is the limit and the hard work that she puts into making her dreams come true is true inspiration, not just for me and our family, but for everyone she meets. I recently attended a five year high school reunion where I had more conversations about what Emily was up to than I did about myself.

Emily, words cannot express how proud I am of you and everyday I strive to be at least a fraction of how kind, patient, strong, talented and inspiring as you have been and continue to be to me in my life and to others. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!

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