And so I asked them. And you know what they told me? They told me it's so clear that I look up to Caley when I talk about her that they simply thought she was the older sibling.
And that is so very, very true. I really do look up to Caley, and I'm thrilled to hear it shows through when I talk about her. And you know what else? She looks up to me, in turn. We're each other's role models. I admire her so very, very much. And, yes, she inspires me. Not in an inspiration porn kind of way, but in admiration of her sheer spirit. Caley is tough. She is a strong adult woman. She has accomplished a ridiculous amount, all while pushing through artificial barriers and societal low expectations. And she's still fighting.
An hour ago, Caley texted me telling me she'd applied for graduation for this upcoming semester.
My sister is graduating college. And few people realize how much she FOUGHT tooth and nail for this degree, and she's about to get it. I am so very, very proud of her. Yeah, I do look up to her. And I always will.
I love you, 'big sister'.