Through my early years of childhood I grew up as an only child, relying on my imagination and my parents to entertain me. At the age of eight my stepmom had my first little brother. Now, I of course wanted a little sister, but at the time I was more of a tom boy so I was pretty excited. But I never knew how difficult it would be basically still growing up by myself. As I grew into a young teen my little brother wanted to always play and needed the most attention, but I didn't necessarily understand what it was like to always need attention. I never had that consistently like he was used to when I would visit. Lets just say his nap time was my favorite time, because I could play with my barbies with out a power ranger trying to interrupt her wedding!
It is hard going from this imagination of what siblings were supposed to be like to actually have it happen. I always thought of how my sister could wear my clothes and that I would get mad at my brother for being in my room. But I didn't get that because my "half" sibling didn't live with me, and that was okay. We did miss each other but it made our time together that much better for the both of us. We got to see into each other's world every week and then got to have the weekends together. It was a great childhood for the both of us in the end.
At first I was a little skeptical because I always wanted that "best friend" to grow up with that my friends had in elementary school. It was even more difficult because we were eight years apart. But as I grew older, I realized that my brother will always only remember me, he won't have to worry about being alone without a best friend. Seeing his love towards me had changed my life completely; I do have a best friend.
We for sure aren't as crazy as the Kardashian's, but we do like to rough house and laugh a ton. Growing up an only child did not only open up my mind to a new life before having a sibling but it made me a better person, I love alone time, but I love having fun and laughing. Siblings are by far the worlds greatest creation and I am thankful for mine.
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Take this into consideration if you too have half siblings, love them like they're just the same. Because at the end of the day we are still related by blood, but the fact that we're family in general just makes it that much more special. Remember to appreciate your siblings because sometimes kids can't grow up with that forever friend that you were granted. Although it may seem crazy annoying that you now how to share a parent with someone else, know that they love having someone to look up to, and it makes you feel good inside too!