So, if you know me at all you know that I don’t have the greatest relationship with my sister. We argue, we get on each others’ nerves, we have trust issues, but I would not trade her for any other woman in the world.
If you know my family at all, you know I come from a heritage of fighters. I come from Navy men, football men, farming men, wrestling men, pioneering men, strong men. Despite the fact my dad only had daughters, the strength gene did not dissipate. My two sisters are the strongest women I know. We do not allow anyone to push us around, tell us what to do, or manipulate us. We may not be the fittest, most athletic, or coordinated group, but I would rather have Becca and Kaeli covering my back during a fight than any other two people–especially Bec.
Becca joined the Navy a couple weeks ago. She leaves for boot camp in a few months and is more ready than anyone I have ever met. Some people need the Navy to teach them discipline, passion, and loyalty, but my sister is the bravest most passionate person I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I can recall more than one time in our childhood where I was taking punches (both figuratively and literally) and she stepped in with a bravado that no one could match or overcome.
Despite all our arguing and power struggles with each other, I do not know anyone who loves me more than that girl. I know I can count on her for anything and she will never abandon me. She has had so many chances to run away and escape situations she did not need to face in the last few years, but my brave sailor has never backed down. She always returns home, always forgives, always loves.
It is kinda pathetic to me that I have to write a blog to express my feelings about how great she is, but that is how it has always been. I get my feelings, passions, and thoughts out through writing; I fail miserably when I try to talk them out. Becca, on the other hand, never had a problem with that. She lets everyone know how she feels through her spoken word and can argue you down to nothing. She thinks quickly on her feet and rushes into things head-first with no looking back: EVER.
The Navy is a better institution for having Rebecca as a part of it. Her bravery, loyalty, and ferocity of spirit will only be greater and enhanced by the opportunity to let it flourish as a part of the Armed Forces of America.