If I was going to actually rank this list, my sister would probably be at the top of this list. My family has a Christmas tradition where my parents put nicknames on all of our gifts and we (my two brothers, my sister, and I) have to guess who is who. Typically, each nickname has a special relationship to the sibling it represents (except for the one controversial year… not going to talk about it). Here’s an example: One year, my sibs and I were named after Greek Gods. I was Poseidon because I can’t really swim and I have extensive near-drowning history (once again, not going to talk about it haha). ∙∙∙
Throughout the 15+ years of doing this tradition, we have yet to do the four elements (Earth, Water, Air, and Fire) as gift nicknames. However, if I had to pick today who would be Water, it would be my sister.
My sister, Ashley Burns, is unlike any person I have ever met. She’s adaptable. She’s quick-witted. She’s wicked smart. The first person in our family to graduate college with cum laude distinction. She’s persistent and a force to be reckoned with. Like water… she flows with change but her personality is seemingly unbreakable. ∙∙∙
My brothers and I each have a unique bond with Ashley. Morgan is the big bear to her little bear. Tyler and Ashley are like a buddy-cop duo. For me, my connection with Ash is probably tough love and keeping it real.
So, let me continue to keep it real. My sister is better than me. Anything I can do, she probably can do better. She is the type of person I wish I could be, especially when it comes to comedic timing. When I’m around her, she forces me to bring my A game. And, the only reason why it seems like I have an advantage against her is because I’m 8 years older. She is undefeated in my book. She is the truth. She is “Abe.”
Without water, nothing can grow. Without water, a person will lose themselves in the deserts of this world. My sister is water and I would be lost without her!! Thanks for being in my life, sis.
P.S. Congrats on getting your college degree!!
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