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I miss that familiar feeling and you
Posted Oct. 19, 2007

Galo Pesantes
Sports Editor

Seeing the door open to my room is not the same as it was before. I used to be able to expect my little sister to walk in and start talking to me about anything on her mind.

Passing by the emptiness that is her room is not a familiar site. I was so used to seeing her in bed typing away at her MacBook, watching television or yakking on the phone with her friends. But now, even that doesn’t happen.

It didn’t hit me until recently how much I missed my sister since she went away to college. Sure, she is still close by, even within driving distance from me. But, not having her presence in the house has certainly changed my life.

Now before I go on offending my other younger sister, if you happen to read this, I still love you both the same and always will.

It is strange not to have my sister come into my room or to any other place I lay around the house and just start talking to me about anything and everything.

I admit it. Her talking was annoying, irritating and just plain pointless at times, but that’s how a lot of older brother-younger sister relationships are sometimes. Now I miss her chatter.

Still I find myself wondering what she is doing and how her first year at UC Riverside is going. I often wonder how she is getting along without the rest of us.

In a way, I was excited for her when she got accepted and was more than ready to help her move into her new dorm. I knew at that moment, my little sister would ultimately start a new stage in her life.

But I also realized that our relationship would never be the same again because the same thing happened to me when I started here at La Verne.

I knew she was going to start meeting new people, making new friends and experiencing a new lifestyle the same way I did. So maybe she was more prepared for this situation more than I was.

It’s funny because I had told her how much college was so different from high school and how she was going to enjoy it. At the same time, I found myself seeing how her transition to college was going to affect our relationship. My little sister was growing up.

We still talk on the phone and of course on things like Facebook. Phone calls and messaging are a great way to keep in contact, but it’s certainly not the same.

She must be feeling the same way because somehow every time I see her, she is asking about things going on in the house and in our lives.
Nevertheless, I know what she is going through in her life. With so many changes and adjustments occurring in this period of her life, it might be more than what I am going through.

I just hope my little sister is able to achieve and reach her full potential in whatever she chooses to do in college and the rest of her life.

And although I could probably not tell her without getting all sentimental, I also miss having her around in the house. I guess you never miss things until they’re gone and she’s gone until December.

However I am relieved to know that even though our relationship might never be the same, we will always remain close.

So even with all the changes going on in our lives and those to come, I am content to know that we both will love each other through thick and thin and anything that comes at us for the rest our lives.

Galo Pesantes, a senior communications major, is sports editor of the Campus Times. He can be reached by e-mail at