The red hot topic this week is Big Sis Lil Sis! According to an unreliable internet source, I am 3,800 miles away from campus this week, but I am very confident in the decorating ability of Converse classmates! If the quad is anything like I have seen it the past two years, there is an explosion of red paraphernalia everywhere!
Of the two main selling points that I found in Converse as a high school senior, Big Sis Lil Sis Week is only preceded by the Honor Code. I say that as though I had the best standards for choosing a college while in high school. When in reality, my motive was donuts. I have since had an evolving understanding of what I should look for in an educational institution. And the faith and strength of the learning community remains important. However, I will retain my romantic college search stories for a later post.
Currently the most important thing to say and express is my love for my little sisters. By the way, I have never met you, I am not on the same continent as you, and I didn’t even know your names until a few days ago, but I love you. Now I know that may seem as a funny thing. But I can witness to you that Converse students develop this love and anticipation for their little sisters almost before they have completed their own first week as being littles. Some first year students even begin preparations for gifts for the little sisters they won’t receive for another two years!
It is certainly very interesting that the beauty of being human allows us to love those we have not yet met. For example, a college student training to be a teacher loves the students who will enter his or her classroom, even before meeting them. A married couple loves their unborn child as they paint the nursery room. A rising Converse Junior loves the little sisters for whom she is braiding a tail. An interesting point to note here: each is carefully preparing to express their love and appreciation long before they have the chance to meet.
My Cross Country coach in high school told me that running was just life in fast motion. Big Sis Lil Sis is in a somewhat similar way a model of how we should prepare to love those people that will come into our lives.
I have slipped into being philosophical again, and I apologize that I cannot ornament my musings with pictures. I am sure my fellow bloggers will provide pictures from the festivities this week. And I have pictures from my gift preparations this summer, but those are highly confidential until the end of this week.
Suffice it to say, that I have a dear place in my heart for the friendships that form from the Big Sis Lil Sis week. I have a beautiful twin and two invincible big sisters! Not to mention all the adoption that has occurred! And now, the great joy is that I have two little sisters!
As you will hear from the juniors who are preparing for the fun this week, they give up many hours of rest to decorate the campus in the most beautiful color of all – red!