My big sister is the most ambitious and persistent person that I know (I use other adjectives, but they mostly stem from these). She often gets really excited and starts having what I call her Pronoun Problem, when she starts saying “we” for things that she wants to do (which is admittedly better than when she says that I need to do something that she wants me to do). But I’ve heard that we need to be doing/saying/writing something about things happening around us so many times that I decided to make her this blog for her birthday, named after our grandmothers, Ruth and Lola. We wouldn’t be if not for them and their hard work in preparing the path for us to be where we are today.
Though we may look and even sound alike and are sometimes called some derivation of “Tinarania” by family, Tinia and I are about as different as two sisters can be – like night and day, I’ve been told. Our different personalities sometimes clash, resulting in conversations that go something like, “LePoufamoufaaa!! What are we going to do to celebrate the end of the semester??? Dinner?? A play???” (If you know Tinia, imagine her dancing, wiggling her fingers, her voice raising an octave with each syllable.) “I’m going to go take a nap,” I would reply. (Because that’s my answer to almost everything if I can help it – it’s my favorite thing to do!)
While we may bicker, I like to think of her as the extrovert to my introvert, the Spongebob to my Squidward, the yang to my yin, the Ruth to my Lola, and that we balance each other. And though we’re passionate about many of the same things, such as social justice and Jesus, that passion manifests itself in different ways and we don’t always agree (and then have to talk for HOURS about it – I’ve also been told that we should have our own television show, but this blog will have to do for now, and maybe we’ll eventually graduate to a podcast). So join us as we dialogue and give voice to our world in a way that our grandmothers could have only imagined.
We love you Grandma and Grandmommy! We hope we’re making you proud.
And Happy Birthday, Tinia! I hope you’re happy… 😉 Here’s a silly birthday song for you. “Have I told you lately that I love you and You’re the Reason that I’m not afraid to fly?”