|Ok, maybe not this long ago...|
She's about to start grad school to prepare for a professional career, but even without that, she has been working post-grad in the same industry for years -- she's already a legit professional.
She bought a car and is about to go on her own health insurance. Shoot, she even gives back to the community by fostering kitties from the humane society.
And it's been a while since I've adjusted my picture of her. To me, she's still the same girl who, at bar closing time on her 21st birthday, danced around the bar every time someone said her name instead of getting in the car like we were asking her to.
But today. Today is her birthday. She's a real adult now. Solidly mid-twenties. So strange.
I have followed in Emily's footsteps a lot in my life -- as little sisters do. I was 20 before I had a job where Emily hadn't worked first. A huge reason I came to KU is because Emily seemed SO EXCITED to have me here. She's influenced my taste in sports, in music (though I just can't get into all her techno), in wine, in books. In everything.
But I think she's a pretty good person to be following.
Happy birthday, Em. Hope it's great.