10 Things People With Siblings Understand

10 Things People With Siblings Understand

Because who doesn't love when their siblings eat their food?

Growing up with siblings is one of the best learning experiences. Whether you have one, or in my case two (an older brother and older sister), having siblings is a blessing and a curse. Some days you love them when they want to take you to Chickfila, other days you want to rip their head off when they eat the food you've been waiting to eat for all day. Nonetheless, you know life wouldn't be the same without them. If you have siblings, you definitely can relate to these ten things.

1. Leaving juice or milk in the container with a sip left

Now, there are two sides to this, and I can admit I have been on both. There's the side in which you are the one who leaves the sip of milk left and the side in which you want milk or juice and there is none left to do anything with. As annoying as this may be, my rationale was "hey you never know who might have wanted it." However, after being on the receiving side of the situation, I definitely wanted more than a sip to have a full bowl of cereal.

2. You have to write your name on ANYTHING that is yours

Food is a precious commodity that you must savor and hold on to with your life when you have siblings. Whether they still live at home, or they are coming to visit, they are going to want food. If you have food you love, you better write your name on it or keep it in your room because it will disappear by the time you actually want it. I have had many incidents of my Pop-Tarts and popcorn being eaten because I decided to leave it in the pantry. Even writing your name on it doesn't work because hey "it was in there so I thought it was for everyone.."

3. Sharing the bathroom

It's always the worst when you are about to take a shower and you hear a knock on the door and someone is yelling "HEY! I need to use the bathroom!" Then you have to leave the bathroom, turn the shower off, and wait for them to use the restroom. By the time all of that happened, your favorite song on your playlist has ended and you have to start it all over again.

4. Fighting for what show to watch

If you're like me, and you have siblings who like to watch the same things as you do, this really isn't that much of a problem. However, it can turn into the Civil War when someone doesn't want to sacrifice Thursdays at 9 pm to watch "Scandal" (me).

5. Jealousy x10

Fighting for your parent's love and approval is just a way of life when you have siblings. It can be over something as trivial as who decided to wash the dishes that night or who actually made up their bed in the morning.There can only be one favorite, and between me and my siblings, I can say with confidence, I am the favorite.

6. Watching cool TV shows

Being the youngest sibling, my parents monitored what I could and couldn't watch around my older siblings. However, if it wasn't for my older siblings, I wouldn't have been able to fall in love with "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Martin."

7. Having to know everything about your siblings

My older brother (pictured in the cover photo) and I are four years apart. During high school, this was the absolute worst. Everyone would always ask me "Oh how's Donald doing? How old is he now?" or my personal favorite "How old is Nikki?" Sometimes I don't even know how old I am if we are being completely honest. Having to be the all knowing sibling gets to be very difficult.

8. The youngest always being the favored

Going back to being the favorite sibling... I rest my case.

9. Having inside jokes

This establishes the ultimate bond between siblings. Whether it is some weird second language you've created or something funny saying from an experience you have all had, an inside joke keeps the sibling bond stronger than anything else.

10. Best friends for life

No matter what happens, your siblings will never leave your side and you're best friends for life. Even if you want to rip their heads off sometimes, you still love them no matter what, and you know deep down inside they love you too. How else would you have a squad as lit and mine and my sister's? (me and my amazing older sister pictured below)

Cover Image Credit: Faith Rush

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.

Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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To The Sister About To Move Away, Girl, You've Got This

You may not physically be here right now, but you're always with our family.


You were there on the day I was born, somehow sleeping soundly as our mom gave birth to me. I'll never forget the photograph of her presenting me to the world and you sitting beside her, holding up your newly-purchased beanie baby with pride as if being handed this toy was equal to the miracle of birth.

It was a crab, by the way, which somehow makes it funnier.

Growing up, you loved to trick me. You'd make me do chores for you and steal my favorite Barbies, but I think that's just part of being an older sister. I'd stick my tongue out at you and cry out the same phrase, "Mooooom, Sissy is being mean to me!" In fact, I yelled this phrase so often that it began to take on a musical quality.

You were mean at times, but you always had my back. You physically beat up other children that had wronged me, and you let me crawl into your bed so we could watch TV together and exchange stories. We'd often immerse ourselves in fantasy worlds where we were princesses and we rode unicorns side-by-side.

But we grew up, and our fantasy world evaporated like the muddy puddles we'd play in after stormy nights. One second it was there, and then, it was just gone. I remember having a conversation a few years back where we wondered if we had known the last time we played Barbies would, in fact, be our last.

When I was a seventh grader, you were a junior in high school. Our problems were very different back then, but that didn't stop us from talking endlessly about them. We were so similar. We bonded over cheerleading, cute boys, books and music. But even more than that, we bonded over our similar life views and questions about the universe. We both possessed an innate love for life yet we were both distrustful of society's guidelines.

Watching you enter new life phases enthralled me. I thought, Wow, that will be me someday. I danced around the house in each of your four prom dresses, my imagination taking me to a place much grander than a high school gymnasium. Through your stories, I romanticized the future and hoped that I would be as cool as you.

It was a little tough at times, though, always longing for a different part of life. When I entered junior high, all I wanted was to be in high school. When I entered high school, I decided college was much cooler because that's what you said. And you were certainly right about that one.

You were the only one I felt comfortable sharing my writing with, the only one I knew could read the meaning behind my sideways glances. We just got each other in every way.

And we still do. To this day, you are one of the people I love and trust most. I don't know what I am going to do without you by my side, as you've been right there for 20 years. But I'm so proud of you. Of the many things we would lay around and talk about throughout the years, one topic persisted: moving away. Moving used to be a pipe dream, something beautiful that lived in your mind but would never come to pass.

And then you took a chance. And now that dream is a reality.

I want you to know how much I admire you. You are so incredible and resilient. I've never met anyone so strong-minded and willing to fight for what she believes in. You would never compromise yourself or your values for another person, but you are generous with others and so kind-hearted.

You are curious about the world and have a desire to learn about life and the richness it has to offer. That is a special quality that cannot be learned. You are beautiful in every way and are truly a blessing to have as a sister.

And it is from these very qualities and so many others that I know you will do great on your own. Sure, it's super tough at first; nobody said it would be easy. But if anyone can do it, then that person is certainly you.

I will always cherish our moments together, and you can always count on me to be there on the sidelines cheering you on, no matter where your adventure takes you.

Much love,

Your Little Sis

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