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By Crystal Sinclair

So I thought I was old enough and smart enough to get Josh a nice present without the help of my big brother. Boy, was I wrong. How was I supposed to know that Michael was a gang member. I mean, when no one tells you anything because they want to protect you, how are you supposed to know?

Jack asked me why I didn't ask for his advice, and I told him I was old enough to make my own decisions. Of course, I ended up proving that wrong, but still, he shouldn't think he always has to protect me. I''m in junior high now, so I can do things without my dad and brother constantly checking up on me and watching my every move.

Everyone makes mistakes and I've seen Jack make a million. He thinks he's all grown up now just because he's in high school and won that song contest. Then when he butts into my life, it drives me crazy. Take the time I was chatting with Bobby – the only reason that Jack read my stuff and worried about me is because he thinks I'm too young to do anything – it drives me crazy!

It's just that I feel like I'm old enough to make my own decisions and mistakes, but then when something goes wrong I feel so frustrated because it makes me feel like a kid again. I know that Jack saved me from Bobby, so it's really immature to complain and I know that I probably want to grow up faster than I need to. Then there are other times when I really want Jack's help and advice and he's always there for me. I don't know. It gets so confusing when you're on the edge of wanting to be more independent, yet still wanting to be your big brother's little sister.

I guess only time will straighten things out.

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