What Having A Little Sister Is Really Like

What Having A Little Sister Is Really Like

My sister and I are very different people, who most of the time drive each other insane.
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Screams, slamming doors and tear filled Fridays are what vibrates through the upstairs of my house between my sister and I. My sister and I have a two year and ten day age difference, and for a majority of our lives were known as "the girls", a title that we could not fight nor control. My sister is as hard headed, stubborn and snotty as I am. And some of it is my fault, I understand. But I want to go through some of the predicaments you will find yourself in if you have a little sister. Prepare yourselves, people.

1. Stealing clothes

They will steal everything you own. Sometimes just because they know you want to wear it. Shoes? Gone. Favorite sweater? Nope. Then after they steal it, you won't see it for months and they'll pull the "I'm not sure where it is, but get out of my room." The best example I have of this is when my sister stole my brand new sweatshirt, left it in her gym locker without a lock, and it ended up getting stolen.

2. "Whatever you think"

I am as guilty as my sister about this one. A simple response of "whatever you think" can turn a disagreement into World War Three. This is when my sister starts throwing punches. It doesn't ever get as bad as when asking if they think you look bad and they respond with "whatever you think".

3. Simply being rude

I try my hardest to be friends, even just civil with my little sister. I mean, my last year in high school, I don't want us fighting right before I leave for college. It's probably the last year we'll ever live together. But she has an attitude I have never seen before. "Brat", "b****", ugly" all the time. I hold my tongue, except the one time she called me one of those names and I smashed the smoothie I bought her onto her carpet. Oops.

4. Constant comments of how I am not cool enough

I adored my older sister for all of the years she lived at home. Even to this day I think she is the coolest, sweetest person I know. But to my little sister I am the worst. I am boring and obnoxious. Given that I do really enjoy sitting in her room when she has friends over and just messing with them, I like to think I'm a pretty chill and nice person.

My sister and I are very different people, who most of the time drive each other insane. After all these situations, I still would fist fight anyone who dare hurts my sister. I adore her for her huge heart, her drive to help others and sensitivity (seriously, major cry baby). I can't wait for her to visit me at college and help me babysit our older sister's kids one day. If you have a little sister, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you don't have a little sister, I'm sorry for you. Because it's one of the most fun jobs I've ever had.

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When God gives you a sister, He gives you a gift you may not have known you wanted, but definitely a gift you needed. I'm not saying that having a sister is easy. In fact, a lot of the time it's really REALLY REALLY difficult. Having a sister is hard because, most of the time, they are reflections of ourselves that we might not want to see. Chances are the things you find most annoying about your sister is very similar to something you do... that most likely annoys your sister. I may find it incredibly annoying when my sister freaks out about her homework, but I have to admit someone *me* set that example long ago. Then an hours later,Then I annoy her because I want to watch do something in the room while she does her homeworkSo you can see it's a vicious, never-ending cycle. But if it's this complicated to have a sister, why do I say it's a gift?

I will say, a lot of the time my sister is a gift given by your distant relative from the sale section of a store that has probably already been returned once and you most likely are already planning in your head how much pocket money you can make by returning it. Even then, my sister can drive me to the point of being the gift that it isn't worth the price of gas to return, so it's really easier to shove in a box somewhere and re-gift to some poor unfortunate acquaintance whose birthday you'll forget in five years. This is a rather lengthy metaphor (you'll have to excuse the English major in me for using my extensive literary devices), but I'm guessing you get the picture. At times, most times, my sister and I don't get along perfectly.

Just because we don't get along perfectly, however, doesn't mean that every moment I get to spend with her is somehow a gift. Often, the gifts that are best for us in the long run aren't what we want in the moment. God sees things in a bigger plan that we ever could, and I believe that when He gives us a sister, He is giving us a friend for life (whether she wants to be or not). She is someone who can't and won't ever leave you. She might not agree with you, but more likely than not she'll back your play because you're family.

And that's what families do. They support you in everything you attempt, and try to help you out and pick you up if you fall along the way. Sisters get the extra burden/advantage of being that shoulder to cry on that isn't a parent, and is often someone who will best understand what you're going through in the toughest of times. So having a sister is a gift, even if it is one that half the time you want to donate to the nearest Goodwill.

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