It is true when they say life goes by in the blink of an eye. This year my little sisters turned 17 years old. Sadly, they didn't listen when I told them they weren't allowed to grow up. I grew up taking care of these two sweet, crazy, loving little girls. I was the one they came to when they were sad, scared, or confused. I cleaned the noses and wiped away the tears. They were my world and I was theirs. They looked to me as their role model and I worked hard to make sure I was someone worthy of looking up to. Unfortunately, they don't need me like they used to.
Today I am someone they occasionally come to when they need advice or money. They don’t come to me to wipe the tears, they wipe them themselves. They don’t run to me when they are scared or confused, they go to each other. It is sad not being their rock anymore but I am proud to say that I had a hand in raising two strong and independent young women.
One of these rare moments when they needed me came today when one of my sisters asked me to take her prom dress shopping. I didn't ask questions, I grabbed the keys before she changed her mind. We went to many stores before she found the one that made her happy. I am not an emotional person, but when she came out in that shimmering royal blue dress there were tears in my eyes. That little girl that giggled when she tooted, is now a woman. In this moment I decided that this year I was going to soak up every moment I possibly can with these two before they graduate and go off to college.