I Have Siblings, and They're (not) a Nightmare

10 Things You'd Have Experienced Growing Up With Siblings

They're ugly.

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I grew up with three siblings. Sometimes they get on my nerves, but, you know, I love them (don't tell them omg). They fed my childhood with so many memories. We'd spend the day playing outside, building up my courage to go across the street without our parents because, well, there was a cool playground. I'm actually thankful for them because I'd come home to friendship. Life was basically "Lilo and Stitch" with them.

In this article, I've compiled a list of some of the things I found to be common experiences in sibling relationships.

1. Taking the tv remote with you wherever you go, so that they won't have it

I left the room to get a snack, and I came back to a different show??

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I was obsessed with television as a kid. I would not let my siblings change the channel, so I just remember walking to the kitchen with the remote. They noticed this too, and it would bug them; but hey, I was just fighting for my favorite shows. My sister and I actually fought over this whoops (we made up, though!!)

2. Blocking the cable box so that when they get a hold of said remote, the channel won't change

Nice try bish

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I'm not sure if this actually worked, but I just remember getting annoyed with my siblings for wanting to change the channel. I wanted to watch "Totally Spies," but my brother wanted to watch "Yu-Gi-Oh" (what a NERD).

3. When your mom has to go through a list of names before calling your name

My name's my sister's name's my brothers' names

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I think it's become a habit, and I found that I'd be the last person a lot of the time. I don't know what it is, but I just found it funny as a kid.

4. Pain...lots of pain

"omg stop crying, you can hit me back"

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When we were kids, my brother would make me wrestle him. He watched way too much wrestling, and while I was younger than him, I wasn't the youngest. In other words, we all protected our youngest. I don't know why, but we actually took wrestling seriously. My sister would be the referee, and my brother and I would be the wrestlers. We were actually crazy for enjoying games that hurt our bodies.

Our mom would be at work, and our dad would be in the living room watching tv so, he wouldn't know what we were doing in our room. He didn't know that I hurt my head because of a game my siblings and I were playing in our room. It was a game that involved colliding with each other. We guarded ourselves with pillows and ran towards each other. Now, we had no idea of physics. All there was my older brother who ran faster than me, and me, who fell backward after the collision.

And that's the story of how I may or may not have gotten a concussion at seven years old.

5. Everyday was a competition

As a middle child, I had to fight for my existence

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Having siblings meant you had to fight for your spot and for the shower. My sister and I would bicker about which one of us had to sit in the very back of the car. Early dialogues included "I call using the shower first." When it came to video games, they showed no mercy. If the game had an option for teams, they either didn't want to be in the same teams or didn't opt for it at all.

This was sibling rivalry.

6. When mom would blame everyone for what one person did

I'm just eating my cereal, and suddenly I'm considered "ungrateful" because one of them was

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This bothered me so much growing up. I was a child of God, and there I was: mixed in with the devils. If someone didn't clean up after themselves, my mom would blame all of us. Mom would get mad at me for breathing because one of my siblings made her mad--that's basically how it went.

7. When you've spent too much time with them

My sister's adopted even though she's my biological sister

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They can get on my nerves. After telling them that they're chewing loudly, guess what they do? They chew louder. We insult each other. We bicker about the smallest things. My sister's singing around the house would get too much.

We'd pretty much fight about everything, and our parents expressed their frustration, which shut us up.

8. But when you don't, you miss them

I just need to not see their ugly faces for a while

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Being away from each other because of university means we'd show we miss each other by tagging each other in memes. We never say "I love you" to each other, but we show it through random and pointless Facetime calls. When we see each other again, we show that we missed each other by saying "hi, ugly!" Or by being okay with my sister wearing my shirt without asking me if she could.

9. Because, well, they're your first best friends

Can't say "goodbye" to twenty-one years of friendship

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They brewed friendship growing up. I'm the most protective of my little sister. We all got each others' backs, so there were times when we teamed up when our parents were upset with us. I had people to trust my secrets with, because y'all can't bottle things up and expect to be just fine.

They were my playmates.

When I was at my lowest, they picked me up.

I was never alone.

10. No one else is gonna want to hang out with ugly, so you're stuck with them

I can call them whatever I want, but if you dare insult them or touch them, I will cut you.

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I'm kidding! I don't hang out with them either.

I'm kidding, again. I'm actually happy that they're in my life. They taught me to be courageous. They were unafraid when I was. I have so many great memories that filled my childhood with snowball fights, forts, and other adventures.

They're my siblings by birth and my friends by choice.

K bye, this is getting sentimental. Let me just say one more thing to my siblings: I can hear your bad singing from here.

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Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough


Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit


You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast


Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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The Shape Of The Monster: Depression

The second piece in a series about mental illness.

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The last thing I want to do is glorify mental illness, give it a platform, give it a name. But I need to talk about it, to work through it, to show that it's something many people experience.

It goes like this.

Hey! Sorry I haven't called you back. Everything has been so busy.

Every time I think about even picking up the phone and calling you, something heavy but familiar sets in my stomach like a weight.

You know how things get.

You know how easy it is to want to slip into absolute nothingness, right?

I've been trying to write, but my writer's block has been limiting me a lot.

Everything I write is so bad. The flow is off. It doesn't sound like me. It feels so crooked and wrong. I can't do anything right.

How are things? Has work been alright?

I hope you feel successful. I hope things are easier for you. I hope you are as happy as you seem.

I'm okay.

I don't want to be here. I don't want to be anywhere. I feel crooked and wrong like I just want to scream and cry and dissolve.

I've just been so tired!

I have been tired for at least a decade. Tired of never sleeping. Tired of never feeling anything more than either absolute devastation and absolute nothingness. Tired. Tired. Tired.

I hope I can see you soon.

I hope I can bring myself to get out of bed and out into the world. I hope I can force myself to shower, and get dressed, and be a contributor to society, to social obligations.

I miss you.

I miss you.

I love you.

I love you.

I promise to call as soon as things lighten up a bit.

As long as the chemical imbalance doesn't destroy me altogether, hopefully, I can feign vague interest for a short phone call.

Goodbye.

Goodbye for now, maybe goodbye forever, maybe I'll work up the courage to call you in another 2, 5, 7 weeks or so. My life is made of "maybes." Maybe one-day things will be better. Maybe one day I'll be happy. Maybe one day I won't be anything. Maybe.

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