I just watched a 2 minute video of my 5 year old sister, Rebecca. My eyes welled up with tears as I watched her jump into a puddle and leap into the waves. “Daddy?” she said in her little Australian accent, “do you have socks on?”
“Yes, I do.” my dad replied.
“Well, can you take them off?” Rebecca asked.
“Because I want you to come into the water with me!”
My dad laughed, and Rebecca sprinted down the beach into the water while my dad video taped her. I’m sure he was smiling behind the camera.
She is beautiful, this little sister of mine.
I have only met her a handful of times. She literally lives on the other side of the world. She’s made a few trips to the States in her 5 short years, but it’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen her. I can’t believe how much she has grown up. Her little voice captivated me. She no longer has the toddler voice, there is no more baby sign language. She is a little lady.
My eyes welled up with tears as I watched her with my dad. I’m not even sure why. It was the eagerness in Rebecca’s voice. It was the he sweet way she said “Daddy.” I recognized it. The memories from my childhood flooded back. He lived in North Carolina for a few years, and we made our own beach memories. We would spend countless hours in the water, so many hours that I would still feel the rise and fall of the waves as I fell asleep that night.
I’m proud of my dad. He’s doing a good job with her, and gets a another chance to raise a daughter.
Dad (if you read this still) keep on posting videos of Rebecca. Tell her that her sister in Texas loves her. And someday, I hope you get the chance to bring her back this way so we can get to know her. I love you!