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Senior Emerson Burris poses with her freshman sister Addy.

Dear Addy Bug

Written by senior Emerson Burris

I am so incredibly proud of the young woman you are becoming, and I could not have asked for a better little sister.
I’ve watched you grow before my very eyes and blossom from a small, fragile, crying baby to a smart, caring, outgoing kid.
I admire you, buggie, from the way you boldly say what’s on your mind, to the way you don’t play by the rules, to the way you beautifully and non-apologetically showcase who you really are.
But my overall favorite quality that you possess is your loud, goofy and contagious laugh. You light up every room you walk into and put a smile on each and every person’s face.
You will be your own person; you’ll be able to strongly go against what everyone is doing without feeling judged.
I want you to realize how beautiful you are, inside and out, and that you don’t need anyone else’s approval to see that about yourself.
I want you to know that I admire you and even though you probably look at me for inspiration, know that I look at you.
I want you to be better than me; I want you to shoot higher than the stars, beyond the galaxy, past my dreams.
I want you to be the best you can be. Know that I will always be proud of you, no matter what.
Know that I will always be at your side, even in the darkest of times. Even if I am not in the room next to you, know I’m with you. You deserve all the happiness in the world and even though sometimes
I want you to leave me alone, I will miss you more than you know next year.
Keep on being you, because you are truly one of a kind.
Love you weirdo, Emmy (aka: the best sister ever)

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