Do you have any siblings? Sister(s)? Brother(s)? Both?
I observed something regarding siblings over the weekend that I found fascinating. Another intricacy of the human mind and relationships.
We spent a twelve-hour day with my three nephews. We played snowball fetch with Max in the little bit of snow that fell. We played video games, Wii and PlayStation (yes, sometimes childfree couples actually enjoy owning and playing these games themselves). We played one old fashioned box/board game. Two of the boys were very good at that game, one of them lagged behind. The other two teased the one for not being as good at it as them, until the kid didn’t want to play anymore. I’m thinking this must be a boy thing. I can’t imagine sisters doing the same thing. My husband has two older brothers and one younger. He said his older brothers would’ve definitely done the same to him.
I have one brother, no sisters, but my bff from childhood was like my sister. We grew up next door and practically lived at each other’s homes. She is mentioned frequently in my memoir anthology and on my blog a couple of times. My brother didn’t like playing with a girl, so we didn’t spend a lot of time hanging out.
My bff would not have teased me, but my group of girlfriends in childhood would’ve been a different story. They might’ve talked smack about me behind my back. Eventually, one girlfriend in the group would’ve squealed about what the others were saying. As a kid, I was both a giver and a receiver of behind-the-back belittling. When the secret is revealed, it can be just as hurtful as outright mocking.
Still, these weren’t sisters, they were friends. Since I don’t actually have sisters, maybe someone out there with sisters can share how something like my nephews game might’ve gone down with them.
On a semi-related note, we had a wonderful time with the boys. They went with us to a Toys for Tots event and got to meet marines.
See if you can get this Facebook link to work where they’re playing with Max in the yard. I don’t have a youtube account and can’t upload a video to WP.
We ate lunch, played games, ate dinner, played games. Then we munched on popcorn and watched a really good movie called Real Steel (I certainly enjoyed it with Hugh Jackman).
Even though we were exhausted when they left, we appreciated every minute. After living 1,200 miles away from family for so long, life is good.
How were your childhood relationships with your siblings? Do you know brothers who brutally teased each other. How about sisters?