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A letter to my sisters on International Women’s Day

A letter to my sisters on International Women’s Day

Hello you lot. How’s your week going? Good? I’m glad.

Let me start off by saying what I say every time I talk to you – I miss all of you so much. I can’t wait until I next see you.

Today is International Women’s Day, an incredibly important day.

It’s all about celebrating women – Their achievements, their lives. Absolutely everything.

Today is for women of all ages. Which means today is a day to celebrate you!

There’s been a lot of bad going on in the world over the past few months.

Never stop dreaming though. Dream big and dream wild. Please don’t let the news make you sad.

You are still capable of incredible things!

When I came out to each of you, you all blinked and carried on as if nothing had happened. Which is the perfect reaction! All of you are incredible examples and I’m so proud to be your sister.

I hope other people learn from you to be tolerating and accepting of LGBTI people. We need more of that.

So, this letter is to thank you all for being so incredible. You’re all going to be amazing women.

Charlie and her stepsister
Charlie (R) and her sister Courteney (L) | Photo: Supplied

We’re stronger together

Courteney, I know we didn’t start out with the best of relationships.

As stepsisters there was a tension between us when our lives first merged.Younger me was not impressed with having to share my Dad with someone new.

I can’t explain how glad I am that I matured and moved past this though.

Over the year, we’ve realized we’re stronger together than we are apart.

You’re so kind and smart and caring. It’s really inspiring to see.

I look forward to seeing what you do and where you go in the future. No doubt you will do some amazing things, and help so many people.

It means the world to me that we get along, and stay in contact in though I’ve moved away.

Some people don’t get along with their step siblings, and I feel really lucky that I do.

Charlie and Faith
Charlie (R) and her younger sister Faith (L) | Photo: Supplied

Never change

You always remain true to yourself Faith, and for that I love you.

I’m sorry you were bullied in school. It’s hard. I know.

But that hasn’t changed who you are and that’s so brave of you! You’re amazing.

One day that authenticity will inspire someone else, and you’ll feel great about it.

I still remember that night when we were younger when Benny and Mom had to go to the hospital.

You were really worried and scared. It was late at night so we curled up in your bed. We cuddled until you fell asleep.

You’re so cool! I’m not cool enough to be friends with you.

I know we don’t talk a lot and I’m sorry.

But please always remember that I am here for you. If you ever need help or advice, I will always be here for you.

Charlie and Ruby
Charlie (R) and her younger sister Ruby (L) | Photo: Supplied

More people like you

There were days you’d come home from school to find me curled up on the sofa.

I was incredibly depressed and incredibly sad. And I’ll never forget how you took care of me!

You’d sit and let me tell you how awful I was feeling, and comfort me all the while.

I still have a clear memory of one time this happened.

I’d come home upset and down because I’d had an test that I was fairly certain had gone awful.

You were only seven or so, and yet you told me: ‘It’s okay Charlie. My teacher always tells me that all you can do is try your best. As long as you try your hardest, that’s all that matters.’

It was so mature of you to do that, and take care of me like that.

Your words then really stuck with me and still get me through bad patches.

It makes me so happy to see you growing up into the amazing young lady you are.

You happily listen when I’m explaining LGBTI issues, and you learn from it. That’s the best possible trait to have!

This kind of attitude is really gonna take you far. We need more people like you in the world.

Charlie (R) and her youngest sister Lily (L) | Photo: Supplied

And finally, my dearest Lily.

You’re so small and there’s still so far for you to go.

I’m already impressed by how kind of a human being you are. Don’t let that change.

Whenever I’m sad, you always hug me and make me smile again.

I want you to go on and do great things. I know you can.

You are more powerful than you can believe. Anything you put your mind to, you can achieve!

You’ve already shown how compassionate and understanding you are.

When you sat down with Mommy to read a book about two gay penguins, I was so proud to see how nonchalant you were with the entire thing.

You just saw them as two penguins who loved each other. And that’s exactly how it should be!

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