My baby sister is an oldie now. 20. As in, no more teens. So grown up!! :)
All 4 of us kids (and Mom and Dad too, of course) wanted to make her feel extra special on her big day. Andrew, being the awesome and thoughtful brother that he is, prepared a 2-day scavenger hunt for her, yesterday and today.
He set the bar high.
Last year, I had a ton of people write "happy birthday" to her on a whiteboard and then take their picture with it -- how could you NOT feel loved with something like that!?! And a couple weeks ago, I was talking to Erika about her birthday and I said, "remember the cool thing I did for you last year on your birthday???" And she was like, 'Hmmm, no..." And so I reminded her of the blog and she goes, "oooh. yeah. Yeah, you can just send me a gift this year!" Hahahahaha.
But though you may have other things in mind, Lindsay and I also had a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.
We decided to interview each other about YOU. So we did. You can find my answers on Linds' blog. :) And this is what went down in Linds' and my conversation.
Me: what is something that cracks you up every time you think of Erika?
Linds: when I think of her fluttering her eyelids at my sentimentality
Me: if could buy Erika any pet, what would you buy her? And why?
Linds: I’d give her a pet giraffe. Why? To remind her of her African roots and to have someone she can always look up to.
Me: Hahaha. You're so funny, Linds! But...that doesn't sound very practical.
Linds: She needs something to hang all of her scarves on!!
Me: oooooh. Good point. Good answer then.
Me: Do you feel like it’s due to your encouragement that today, she loves reading?
Linds: Yes. I feel that at a young age, I helped her discover the joys of reading. And it was through my reading The Happy Hollisters out loud to her that she has since become an avid reader. If it hadn’t been for my input into her literature life, she wouldn’t be reading and therefore she wouldn’t be in nursing school. Basically thanks to me, she has a career. (She’s going to flutter her eyelids at this one)
Me: Which Jane Austen character would you like to set Shorty up with?
Linds: Captain Wentworth from Persuasion
Linds: He has the kindest heart and the purest soul. And he’s in the military.
Me: oooh, here's a good quote from the book that we can add for her: "A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; He does not."
Me: What is something about Erika that you would like to emulate?
Linds: Her confidence and level-headedness
Me: Would you go to her for your nursing needs?
Linds: For most of them. But not all.
Me: Can you describe the nursing assement she gave you at Christmas?
Linds: No, I cannot.
Me: Was she confident of what she was doing?
Linds: VERY confident.
Me: Were you an easy patient to work with?
Linds: The easiest and the best and the most willing.
Me: Didn’t you grab hold of her leg in an emotional frenzy yelling “HELP ME!!” at one point?
Linds: Did I??? That’s SO weird!!! Ooooooh yeah, I remember now! I was good!! I was testing her! And she passed!
Me: If you could get her a plane ticket to travel anywhere, where would it be?
Linds: To Niger so she could come spend time with me. Awwww.
True or False: Erika gets the most tan out of all three of us.
Linds: FALSE. A big false.
Me: What’s one thing you’re looking forward to doing with her this summer in Kansas?
Linds: Eating a cinnamon crunch bagel at Panera, while sipping on some coffee before going shopping – for her sake. I don’t like shopping. Unless it’s for books.
Me: You and Shorty both have a unique nickname: "ouali Bangui un" and "ouali Bangui deux". Can you explain what they mean?
Linds: It’s sango – a language in Central African Republic. “Ouali Bangui” means "woman of Bangui" and then "one" and "two". So I was the first one born in Bangui, so I was “woman of Bangui one” and Erika, also born in Bangui, was “woman of Bangui two”.
(At this point, my Mom walked into the room, so I asked her the last question)
Me: What is one of the things you miss most about living in Kansas with Shorty?
Mom: Her talkativeness and her telling me EVERYTHING that’s going on in her life. And... everyone elses’ life! :)
Have a REALLY great birthday, Shorty!!! You are LOVED!
Oh, and there's an "actual" present coming in the mail too... :)