I’ve had GREEN ketchup poured allover my hair, I’ve been shoved under a mattress (or at least that’s how I remember it!), and I’ve had to tag along at birthday parties.
Ah, the joys of having siblings…(sarcasm)…
In retrospect, I don’t know how us 4 kids made it growing up! We were all so different yet alike in several ways- stubborn, naive, and emotional. It’s already bad enough going through puberty, junior high, high school etc, but to live in the same household with 3 other kids that are going through the same thing?!?- Ahh! I commend my parents! I’ll admit that my siblings and I are in a much better place now that we are adults!
I think it’s safe to say that despite the hair pulling, finger pointing, and wrestling, there are a few valuable life lessons that we can learn from our siblings:
- THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP- Grant it, in high school, my sister and I wouldn’t be caught in the same circle of friends let alone 1/2 mile of each other at school. But, now? We’re the best of friends! Even though we weren’t close at all as kids, if I were in any sort of trouble, my sis would definitely be there! Now, that’s a true friend!
- STEP UP AND BE A LEADER- I’ll have to give credit to the older siblings for having to put this into practice! Becoming a leader takes confidence, courage, and patience. What great attributes to learn at such a young age!
- GET OVER IT AND COOPERATE- Now, us middle children, our masters of this life lesson! There’s no faster way to get through weekend chores, than with some teamwork!
- RESILIENCE- You come to learn that at the end of the day, it’s just ketchup in your hair…It’s disgusting, but the good news is it will wash out! I’m sure you’d agree that there’s a level of tolerance that we build up thanks to our darling brothers & sisters.
- LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY- Nothing means more than being surrounded by those you love despite your failures, flaws, and imperfections. We all know what it’s like to suffer the repercussions of bad choices. It might take your siblings a while for them to come around, but when they do, they’ll love you through the good times and the bad times!
At some point, you have to just throw your arms in the air and say, “Que Sera Sera!”. We’re tied to each other by blood- there’s no changing that! Might as well just roll with it!