Yanina Oyarzo


Originally written 3.3.2015

You’re probably reading this and thinking “This must be about how she meets a friend who is like a sister or some girly emotional story”.

Well, no. This is actually a true story about how I met my older sister for THE FIRST TIME last night. I should probably start in the beginning.

Around early 2009, I was told by my mom that she saw on Facebook my older sister which my father had before marrying my mom. I had never seen the girl or even knew I had an older sister. All I knew, is that I had sisters but didn’t know where they fell age wise or where they lived. My biological dad had his ways with the ladies I guess we can say.

I added Alexandra on Facebook and hoped for the best even though I naturally felt weird doing so. She instantly asked me on messenger “Who are you” so I bluntly said “your sister lol” I guess you can say I came off a bit strong. I later found out that because of my last name she figured I was related to our dad. I think about it now and if someone would have told me that I would have been like HA! you’re kidding right?


Fast forward a couple of years, we’ve tried meeting but it just has never panned out. She’s Venezuelan like me but has lived in Guatemala and recently moved to China due to her husband’s job. Since then, we’ve been chatting on whatsapp every now and then. She recently had mentioned she might make a stop in LA on the way to Guatemala to visit her family.

Instantly, I told her WE HAVE TO MEET! For once, I made sure not to tell anyone because I wasn’t entirely sure how it turn out. It took me even a couple of weeks to tell my partner because I was just scared of it falling through once again. Finally, the weeks were getting closer and the days were counting down. Every day was different. Somedays I’d talk to her and I’d be excited, while others I’d get this intense amount of anxiety just thinking about it. I would share the feelings with the person I was dating at the time and he couldn’t really relate. But in all reality, I don’t think many people could. I mean this is someone who has lived for 24 years and we could have spent summers together, I could have asked about boys to or growing up and life but instead I didn’t. 

The day before I was set to meet her, I was freaking out. By now I had told some people and I also wondered what if she’s rude or thinks I’m weird. Then it got worse, what if she doesn’t like my mannerisms, what if she is really dry? Clearly, I was freaking out.

The day finally came and it was the worst day ever. Not because of her but because we woke up, and found out our office had been broken into. My little sister got admitted to the ER, One of our clients also got admitted to the ER and hers was a more serious case. I was thinking to myself, please God make tonight amazing because the day is going insane…

While I was home getting ready, my puppy rocky decided he wanted to pee on our carpet. My uber cancelled twice since I had them waiting while I cleaned up but I finally made it to our office where we were going to meet first and then head to dinner.

Once she arrived she looked as pretty as in pictures. She was so sweet and brought me this AMAZING Chinese Tea Set (I’m obsessed with teas). We showed her the office and what I do and we then headed to dinner. I decided to sit in the back seat to talk to her. It felt awkward at first but within 20 minutes we began talking more. She’s so smart, sweet, and really caring. Her husband and my partner at the time kept mentioning how you could tell that we were sisters because we had the same mannerisms. After dinner, we showed them around different parts of LA.

Overall, it was great. Today she came to the office and I wasn’t really able to spend time with her due to deadlines at work but I got to talk to her a little either way. I really do hope to build a lasting relationship. Even after 24 years… It’s crazy how life works, I’ve never met anyone that has gone through what I have and I can say even though I wish we were in each others life more and earlier on… Yesterday was the beginning of something and it was worth it 🙂



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