AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 829 times:
Wow. That's a profound thing to say. I hope it's just an off the cuff remark that you'll regret in short time.
My brother and sister were a pain in my ass while we were growing up. Now I thank God I have them. They're extra special to me because....
My mom lost her first-born son when he was 4 days old in 1959. I showed up 18 months later. Then my brother and sister (twins) were born when I was 18 months old. Now that were all adults, mom and dad have told us that mom's pregnancies were very difficult. She nearly died a few times. They wanted more kids, but the doctors said she wouldn't survive another pregnancy.
The doctors offered to terminate the pregnancies for her sake many times, but mom refused and persevered. The thought that some or all of us could have easily become "products of conception" in a stainless steel bucket on the floor of an operating room is horrifying.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 720 times:
Ah yes, siblings. Can't live with them, but dear God, I couldn't live without them.
I have 3 brothers and 1 sister, and we're each a year to a year and a half apart in age. Growing up, we were thick as thieves. Being so close in age, some of us shared the same friends, but like siblings everywhere, we fought like cats and dogs - I'm talking trying to inflict great pain on one another! LOL. As teens, we were still close, but the fighting was unbelievable (we each had our own room, and would try and drown out the other's music by cranking up our own stereos - our poor mother was driven half insane).
In some ways, we each went our separate ways (again, like all sibs) and for a time we drifted apart somewhat, but today we've made a concerted pact to stay in constant touch with one another (which is a great thing...until they get on my friggin nerves!). They still drive me insane at times (no-one can ignite your fuse faster than a sibling) but if anything happened to one of them (God forbid and knock on wood) I would go out of my mind.
The weird thing is (and most everyone who has sibs knows this), the sibling pecking order, the 'roles' we assumed, were 'assigned' and played out in childhood, never truly vanishes. I find it amazing that when we all get together today, as adults, the same pecking order, more or less, still exists - bossy, know-it-all oldest brother - even 'bossier' oldest sister who insists on dispensing her worldy advice to us, etc. Old hurts, jealousy, rivalry, grudges or resentments from decades ago can re-surface in the blink of an eye. Amazing. I really believe that when we are around our siblings, we never 'grow up'. That's not to say we're immature, but...well, perhaps the world of siblingdom defies logic and rational explanation.
Siblings truly are the windows to our past, and the older one gets, the more one realizes the special and unique significance of this special blood tie. And yet.......they drive me NUTS and I wanna kill em. And after I get through clobbering them, I wanna hug em. LOL.
I'll say this: no-one, no-one, can make me laugh the way my sibs make me laugh. God love em.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 698 times:
I have a 1/2 sister and a 1/2 brother. My sister and I have the same mom and we grew up together, 7 years apart. As kids we fought like crazy, but I was always protective of her. Now as adults we're extremely close, and to this day I'll rip the lungs out of anyone that causes her pain.
My brother was from my Dad's second marriage and we were never really close. He was a major brat as a kid, and I never developed any real attachement to him beyond normal familial feelings. When my dad and I had our falling out I pretty much lost touch with that whole side of the family. We've reconnected since then, and I hope we'll develop some sort of relationship, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it if we don't.
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
Alcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 681 times:
I have a younger brother and to be honest I don't care about him. He has caused so much trouble in our house, you could cut the atmosphere with a knife at times. Mum and I couldn't care less about him, it's at that stage now. We have helped him so much with things and he throws it back in our faces by lying to us all the time, he is just not grateful for the help we have given him.
US330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3809 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 657 times:
Nice to have that kind of perspective Canadian Boy....my brother and I are sort of drifting apart right now. We shared a wall for 16 years, and I consider him my best friend, but after seeing him almost everyday for 16 years, I went off to college last fall, and it hasn't really been the same since...
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 609 times:
Actually I wish I would have a sibling when I see my girlfriend and her sister, they understand each other very good.... but wait, probably they have a good relationship because my girlfriend gave her 500 EUR when they met the last time because her sister is "a bit" in debt.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8407 posts, RR: 9 Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 585 times:
Sometimes my sister still gives me the irrits. Like expecting me to know the every move of our mother and wondering why the phone is engaged (Perhaps someone is on it?). Used to be worse when she was still living at home but now she isn't things are all good. I think she would just try to irritate me because she could probably because she was bored.