"I know a girl from an island, she stands apart from the crowd. She loves the sea and her people, she makes her whole family proud"
Today, my hero and best friend, my big sister Emily, graduated from college and finally got that damn little paper that lets the professional world see the immense tenacity, stoic perseverance and dedication to hard work that I have looked up to since our shared birthday on March 10, 1994. I've never known Emmy to take the path of least resistance, because she always saw the fun, the challenge and the greater rewards that lie down the unconventional and exciting path. Words can't express how much she has inspired me with her work ethic and the dedication to that for which she cares; even now, across the ocean, when I feel I can't keep fighting, I think, "What would Emmy do?" and fight onward. This graduation means so much more than just a certificate: it is finally a tangible result and proof of the countless hours, numerous callouses gallons of sweat she has put into her unconventional but INCREDIBLE profession. I am so proud to call Emily Lois Pepper my sister. Congratulations, Emmy. We always believed in you.
"And when that voice starts to whisper: 'Emily, you've come so far,' Emily, listen! Don't forget who you are."
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