Dear Isobel

My baby sister is going to university tomorrow.

Dear Isobel,

Do you remember when you were about six, and we were on our grandparents little sailing boat in Fowey.  The wash from a speed boat hit us really hard and the water splashed into our boat, and you were scared we were going to sink.  You cried, and I hugged you and spoke to you until you stopped being scared.  You’re not scared of the ocean anymore.  Now you’re eighteen and you don’t need me to stop you being scared, because you’re not really scared of anything.

Tomorrow you might as well be going to the other side of the world. I can’t believe you’re not that tiny little human anymore, I feel like I blinked and you’re suddenly an adult. I want you to know that I’ll miss you more than I’ve ever missed anybody. But I also want you to know that I am so excited to see you grow and flourish and become the strong young woman you’re destined to be. You’re going to do such great things, and I hope you find everything you’re looking for. It makes me so proud to think of the amazing things you’re going to achieve, you have no idea. I love you so so much, and I know you’ll take the world by storm. My little tiny sister, all grown up.

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