Sisterly Servitude

7:30 AM

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I think I should keep tabs on all the sacrifices big sisters have to make. At the top of the list would be never eating my own bag of popcorn—never. In all my sixteen years, I have had only one uninhibited indulgence in popcorn, when I tagged along with my friend to the movie theater and bought my own carton. The shock was so overwhelming that I felt sick afterward. (It might have had something to do with buying a medium instead of a small, but that doesn’t build my argument.) The whole process of making popcorn—the rustling plastic, the popping kernels, the microwave beep—is an open invitation for little siblings to snitch handfuls at a time.

I’ve tried. I’d sneak into the kitchen and pop a bag, and if any hungry-looking sibling came in following his nose, I’d put my foot down and say, “This time it’s all mine.”

“But Bailey,” the three-year-old would reason, “I just want some.”

Being cute should be criminal. He gets away with a bowl full of my popcorn every single time.

Popcorn isn’t the only violated holy ground. I can’t sit down and read St. Augustine’s Confessions without this adorable little curlytop crawling into my lap and grinning at me. Then she places The Poky Little Puppy in my hands and squeals. Even slightly older cuties steal my reading time. Just a couple hours ago one interrupted me to cut an apple. Again. (Whoever invents a kid-friendly apple slicer—my deepest thanks.)

What's a sister to do? The solution is only a click away.

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  1. Hi Bailey! What a great devotion for me today - and I'm not the sister - I'm the mom! Blessings on you!

  2. As the oldes of eight siblings, I can totally relate. In addition to the amazing grace, it's a great preparation for motherhood. :-)

  3. Wonderful post!!! Very challenging to me as the oldest of seven.

    God bless!

  4. You are wise beyond your years...I wish I could watch your mom in action for a few days to learn her secrets in raising such a daughter!! My own mom said something to ;lazy me; when I was your age and that sentence sticks with me, the other small voice in your head...mother. (and still gets me moving)

    I'm waiting patiently for the next edition of the unSoc hS gazette!!

    I have some blog friends who HS (with a cute 16-17 yr old boy) that just had a HS prom...since that seems to be your biggest regret. (Have to say that wearing those gowns sometime in your life must be every woman's right! )just check out this link if you get time, I think they would ADORE to hear from you.

  5. I've read, two or three times today. :) I needed to hear that.. Thank you, Bailey. :)

    Love ya!

  6. Hi Baily!

    I read your post over on Raising Homemakers... and I was quite thrilled with it. So much so that I came over here and am commenting. :D

    I am a fellow older sister and stay at home daughter... I am twenty, though, and have 7 younger siblings (counting the one in my mother's belly!! :D)

    You are right: these interruptions are chances to serve Christ. We must learn to have a good attitude towards them!

    And, hehe, I know aaaall about cutting the apples. ;)

    Thank you for a very good post!!

    God bless,


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