Thursday, October 30, 2008

Siblings

I am so lucky. I am the youngest of 3 children. I have an older brother, then a sister and then me. We had a nice childhood. If you want to psychoanalyze it, yes there were issues, but for the most part, we had fun growing up.
My older brother was cool. He was good looking, personable and extroverted. He brought all of his buddies home and they too, were good looking, personable and extroverted. It made for good times for me, the little sister.
My sister, was pretty, smart and popular. She had the unenviable job, on occasion, of watching me while my Mom and Dad did their thing. I now know what a drag this probably was for her at times. She was quite a lady, even then, by not letting on to me what a pain I was. For me, whoa! I had a great time. She was worldly (and I mean that in a good way) she was intuitive, clever and always had something fun going on with her many friends.
Now we are all able to belong to AARP. What do I think now?
My older brother is still cool. He is still good looking, personable and extroverted. My favorite thing about him is when I call and ask, "How are you?" He answers, "I'm nice." I think the world may end when he answers that in any other way. He is quite the example of the theory "Choose to Be Happy." (see blog entry 10/25). I love him to pieces.
My sister is still pretty, smart and clever (do you categorize people as still popular in their 50's?) We have a stronger relationship than ever, maybe because she is not responsible for my well being. My favorite thing about my sister is...everything! I talk to her nearly everyday, about anything/nothing. It doesn't matter. I just want to hear her voice, know she's okay, hear her laugh, hear her sigh, hear her ideas, opinions, and antics.
Are my brother and sister perfect? No, but only I can verbalize their shortcomings. Pity the poor person that says anything derogatory about them. Perhaps that is the old "blood is thicker than water", I prefer to see it as loyalty.
I have tried to instill this loyalty in my sons, to encourage their closeness with each other. They are 2 very different souls, but I hope throughout their years, they appreciate each other's wonderful traits and respect each other's differences.





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