March 26th, 2015 | Uncategorized
all of the little choices, experiences, and opportunities that have helped me get to where I am today.
It took me awhile, but I’ll trace it back to one defining moment: becoming a big sister in 1995. Something happens to you once you realize you have a little sibling, but it didn’t hit me until I got a little bit older. I realized that I had someone looking up to me and watching me (no matter how hard she may try to deny it), and somehow we ended up having some of the same mannerisms, same laugh, same interest in basketball, and countless other things.
While my sister and I have a three year age gap, our birthdays are only 3 days apart from each other: so for the first chunk of our birthdays, we had joined birthday parties. While our birthday parties may have been somewhat separately themed (I had a Space Jam themed party several years in a row), we still had plenty of special, shared moments growing up.
We are at that perfect age of having an age gap, but not too large a gap. We were in school together in elementary school and one year in high school – and even had the chance to play on the same high school basketball team and win a state championship together!
Many of the girls within the UL Huskies youth teams have younger siblings playing in the club too, and it’s always great to see them playing together or against each other in trainings. It’s always something about that sibling rivalry, or even just knowing the subtle tendencies of your sibling that no one else knows that harbors that connection that only you two fully understand.
Being an older sibling helped me realize the influence I could have on someone younger, and the true words of aiming to be a role model… both to my sister, my younger teammates and sisters at Elon, and any young basketball player in general
I guess you can say this is my indirect way of saying that I miss my sister, and I hope she gets a chance to visit the beautiful country of Ireland before I leave! (hint, hint) : )