Because of you big brother....
My big brother, when I was a little girl you always protected me and took me almost everywhere you went. You allowed me to be comfortable being just me. We played together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we even sang together. You celebrated everything that I did and never judged me when I fell short. When I was a teenager you taught me how to protect myself not just from people who may have tried to do me wrong but also sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy. With those things you taught me planted in my head, I still fell short but still you never judged me.
Because of you I have taken the nuggets of wisdom that you shared with me to educate and empower others. Because of you I have the strength to stand tall with my head held high. Because of you I am confident in who I am as a sister, a mother, a daughter, an aunt and a grandmother. Because of you I am proud to use my voice for the voiceless. Because of you I will not back down from what I believe in. Because of you I have furthered my education in a way I never thought I could or would. Because of you I have been able to change lives and encourage others to do the same. Because of you I do not worry about what people think about me but instead I persevere in all that I do. Even though you are no longer here with us in the flesh, I feel you in my heart because you are a part of me and I am a part of you.
And while I cry sometimes during my times of truly missing you, because of you my big brother I can look back on our memories with a smile on my face and love in my heart.
I love you forever and always