This is true.
Sweet Colleen, your very nature comes from the kindest of souls somewhere in our family tree.
Or perhaps you are the one to create its first root or its strong hold.
I have never known someone so calming as you.
I have never wanted to better myself in someone else's eyes as I have tried in your warm, deep blues.
I know I can be demanding.
I know that you are the reason I have learned to apologize.
I know that, for you, I have learned to outwardly accept myself.
You are quietly brave.
You are so amazingly funny!
You keep that close to you and I often dream that the world would see what we do.
Then I stop myself.
The world sees you as you want.
You've got this.
Your voice is so simple and sweet that when you sing, people listen to your warmth and feel your ease.
You are the best company one can keep.
You are the lighthouse in others' storms.
You question everything except your loyalty.
If I were 13, I would eat lunch with you and thank the world for you as my friend.
I did that 13 years ago when it was you and I in a new town.
I did that 9 years ago when your siblings were napping and we could sit together in the quiet.
I did that 4 years ago when we were starting in a new school and were both adjusting to it.
You accepted your role as big sister as you accepted your next breath.
You are the peace-keeper.
You take the smaller slice.
You sit in the middle.
You give up your turn.
You are as selfless as humanly possible.
You have never been asked. It is simply your nature to nurture and appease.
You are the hearth of my heart.
In every school hallway, even after you have graduated.
On every couch with blankets and pillows on it, even after you have moved.
I will always look for you who became, in one day, my every breath, every joy, and every hug.
How did we get so lucky?