Jackie+Katie+Carrie {just because}

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Bigs and Littles.  Moms and Dots.  No matter how you refer to yourselves, you’re still a unit, a pair within a multitude of sisterhood.  You gain a deeper friendship.  And a mentor.  It’s a fabulous idea which is why almost all Greek organizations embrace it.  We take it further than the twosomes though – we build families.

I loved being a Big.  And a Grand Big.  I had two Littles.  And then they had their own Littles.  And then they had their own Littles.  Before I graduated, I was dubbed GGB by my GGL and I loved it.  Sure, you have the ladies your best friends with, but your family is something completely different and has a particular meaning.  You share special lunches, surprise one another with cards or small gifts, run an extra 15 yards to get a hug you might have missed out on.  Being older and younger, in different years, means you don’t bump into one another as often.  So when you do… you smile a little brighter.

The best thing about having a Sigma Kappa family is you know who you’ll always stand next to during a candlelight.  You seek each other out and after your eyes meet, you find your place to circle up, lock elbows and a calmness moves in your heart.  I bet these ladies do the same.

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

A three generation family. A Big, a Little and a Grand Little.  Or a Grand Big, a Big and a Little.  Whichever way you look at it, it shakes out the same.  Jackie, Carrie and Katie.  A Sigma Kappa family.  I half-expected them to say they were of the VyVy Dynasty.  (They did not… however, I do not believe the Dynasty is dead yet.)

The bond they have is evident beyond their matching yellow dresses.  But there’s something more here.  While Jackie and Carrie are Louisville natives, Katie is not.  She’s from Pittsburgh.  It caught me off guard, as many of the ladies are from Kentucky or Indiana, but then it warmed my heart.  She made a choice to go to school far away from her family, she decided to go Greek and landed in Sigma Kappa.  And now she has these two women to call her Louisville family.

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

Jackie has an infectious personality.  Her smile’s not too shabby either.

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

Jackie+Katie+Carrie

Sisterhood is something I wish every woman could experience.  Forget the drama, the occasional argument or the fact that you might not like somebody very much – it’s something beyond just hanging out with girls.  There’s movement to it, an understanding, respect.  It’s something unseen, a feeling that can’t be duplicated.  The good part is it doesn’t stop when you graduate.

Carrie, Katie and Jackie have something special most miss out on.  They’re charming, smart and have so much to look forward to.  I hope you ladies can embrace the rare friendship you have now and throughout life.  And promise me you’ll always call each other Big and Little.

 

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August 2, 2011 - 10:20 am

J. Smith - *tear* Our little family still runs deep (psh VyVy….Amy’s dynasty lives on!) and without it (and SK) would this girl from Georgia have ever met her best friend all the way from Orange County, California? I think not. We never had a class together, and besides perhaps seeing her across the room at a College Republicans meeting we would have never known the other existed. We were a family. Sisters, and “cousins”. To this day LD refers to Evangeline as her “niece”, and even kept a picture of E on her work desk. There is an entire office full of people in Oklahoma City that to this day believe LD actually IS her biological aunt.

August 2, 2011 - 10:28 am

Brooke - If I’m not mistaken, I started “adopting” littles. I remember making LD a pillow because she never got one. I made one for Kate too. It’s so funny how it all works out. I actually called Sarah-kiddo the other day to wish her a happy birthday. Did you know she has three little boys now?! At 4, 2 and brand spankin’ new.

August 2, 2011 - 11:11 am

J. Smith - How wonderful! I never really got close to her but Duncan and Joe used to know each other from UPS and I saw him pretty frequently when we lived closer.

August 2, 2011 - 12:54 pm

Debbie - Lovely tribute to sisterhood, Boo. Only someone who’s experienced it fully can truly appreciate the unbreakable bonds, years and years after college days are over! Thanks for stirring up some good memories of my sorority sistahs!

August 2, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Whitney - Long live the VyVy dynasty! :). Beautiful pictures as always!

August 2, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Leesha - I love the shot of the gal smiling and her friends in the background! Seems so natural and un-posed!! Love all the stuff you have been taking lately!

August 3, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Stacy - That third paragraph…. so well said! And lovely photos… what a lovely group!

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