The children ran helter-skelter in the meadow, greedily grabbing dandelion clocks in chubby little hands. They made wishes for unicorns and glittery rainbows before dashing on to snatch another dandelion fairy. My sister was the only one unmotivated by dandelions. Why, she did not even make a wish on blowing out all her candles! Why should she? She was already the Princess. She was Mum and Dad’s perfect daughter. Flawless. Blonde hair, golden unblemished skin, impeccable manners. Perfect. Infallible. She had won the black belt of our parents’ affections.
My sister seethed with contempt, “‘When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you.’ Rubbish! It is rubbish – coming from an anthropomorphic cricket!” It was easy for her to be disdainful of wishes; she was every teacher’s perfect pupil. Polite, hard working, exemplary. She was the gold star of A+ school students.
“I refuse to wish on the brightest star,” she replied adamantly. Unnecessary; she already had a gold medal in our grandparents’ love. She screamed with delight on their visits, cried buckets on their departure, had raptures over everything they did, said or gave us.
The magnificent balloons floated away, as the teenagers made wishes. Naturally, my sister refused to participate. Why should she? She was already Miss High School Popular being in the top percentile, great at both sports and academics. The school was infatuated by her.
She abstained from wish making when the clock read 11:11. No need because she had the winning lotto of great husbands. Handsome, intelligent, kindly, bright future.
Needless for Big Sis to throw coins into a fountain. She had red ribbons for being the best sister. She protected me from bullies, helped with my homework, was supportive and loving. My sister was the prima donna of sisters.
So Sis, why am I placing flowers on your grave? You died so young. Why didn’t you wish on a four leaf clover, a rainbow, a ladybird or a wishbone for good health? Perhaps it would have made a difference.