“I’m not touching you!” as her index finger hovers slightly over her sibling’s cheek. “I know I am, but what are you?” he retorts to every witty comeback. “You know you were adopted…?” she taunts. “Those were mine, MOM!” he screams as his older sibling polishes off his stash of holiday candy. These and many more over played sibling anthems, that parents have learned to put a deaf ear to and only children just don’t understand, are a hallmark or right of passage for many families.
If you had a sibling or siblings you understand the unique hierarchy of your clan, whether you put stock into the roles of the first born, middle child, or baby of the family. Being compared to your sibling has pro’s and con’s. You could be expected to follow in their foot steps, learn from their mistakes, or be a better role model. People may have preconceived notions about who you are based entirely on your sibling’s actions.
But make no mistake you are family. No matter how much your sibling (s) have infuriated you, you will always have their back. As an envious only child, rejoice in your large families. Celebrate sibling, and what sibling represents to you!