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.