Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sisterhood

Isn't she the cutest? The correct answer is "yes," because she looks like me.

     When I was six, my little sister came into the world and turned it upside down. I was used to being the baby of the family at that point, and didn't want another little girl to come steal my spotlight. I even stormed out of the room when the doctor told my mom she was having a girl (up until that point, they thought it was a boy). Lovely wasn't I?

      Having a little sister is a challenge, especially when there is a six year age gap. You aren't close enough in age to have that "best friends" relationship right away, and you're not so far apart that you think of the little one as a dress up doll. It's just plain awkward.  So in honor of my little sister (her name is Sommer by the way, yes, with an O) I thought I would share some of the joys and pitfalls of sisterhood.

Pitfalls:
    1. Sharing clothes. My little sister is pretty tall for her age, and I'm average height. She's been able to wear my clothes since she was 10, much to my dismay. I don't share clothes well. Especially when people just take them without asking cough cough Sommer. I can't tell you how many times I've "lost" a shirt and found it in the corner under her bed a few months later. She would always deny it too!
    2. Getting in trouble. So because of the age difference, my sister has always been able to get me in trouble. She would take my things or stain my clothes, and naturally I would yell at her. She would then go crying to my mom that I was being mean, and guess who got in trouble? Yup, the one with the stained white cardigan. 
    3. Tagging along. My mom used to always try to get me to bring my little sister when I was doing something with friends. It would have been fine if we were closer in age... but when you're a freshman in high school and you have to bring your elementary school aged sister with you to the mall...well, not cool mom. Not cool.

Joys
      1. Sharing clothes. While this may suck in the younger years, I'm starting to like it now. Now that I'm moved out and my sister doesn't have constant access to my closet, it's easier to keep track of "borrowed" clothing. Plus, I can fit into her stuff! 
     2. We can relate. Now that she's older, my sister is going through some things I remember going through at her age. She's also developing interests similar to my own, and it's common ground for us. It's nice!
    3. Built in everything. Having a sister is great. I have a built in photographer, shopping buddy, shoulder to cry on, and friend. I love all of my friends, but a friendship with a sister is just a little bit different. Plus if we fight, I know she will still be there because she has to be.

    Can you relate? It's amazing how a matter of one or two years can completely change the type of relationship you have with you siblings. Hope you enjoyed!

10 comments:

  1. I am an only child, so I don't know how to share at all. I am so jealous of you!!!!!!

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    1. Hahaha, it's okay. I'm pretty bad at sharing too :)

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  2. I have an older brother... the worst thing is probably getting boy stuff hand me downs. I don't think I will ever forget my Asian superhero blanket x.x

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    1. Haha that's too funny! I get my little sisters hand me downs. Not sure what my brothers would do if I tried to give them my stuff...haha

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  3. Yes, and the beauty can sustain as you get really old, fifty-five, like me. I am blessed with two wonderful sisters and they are a true joy in my life!

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    1. Yes! I can't wait until we are both a little older and can really relate.

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  4. My sister and I are 6 1/2 years apart, so I can definitely relate to pretty much everything you said. I love her so much though, and couldn't imagine life without her!

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  5. My sister and I are 12 years apart so I can't relate to most of this post, but I'm grateful for my sister and looking forward to when she's older and we have some common ground on things. Living outside my parent's so getting to know her is even more difficult, but regardless I'm still thankful to have a sister. I really hope that we'll be able to close at some point...though it will probably be a bit since she's just turning 8 next month and I'll be 20 in June.

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    1. Yeah that's quite an age difference!

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