Friday, October 15, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day Five

{Day Five}

{My Siblings}

You may remember this picture from a Wordless Wednesday post I did back in May. But, if you don't, here it is again.

I absolutely LOVE this picture of all of us. It's not too often that we are all together these days. Yes, everybody still lives in Ohio. Except me. But, we all have our own lives, children, marriages, school, work and things going on.

And no, you are seeing it incorrectly. There are seven of us. That's a lot of kids! And NO I do NOT want seven of my own. Never. NEVER! I still have no idea how my parents managed.

Things were not always roses and rainbows growing up, but I feel it made me a better person in the end. You have to learn to share, compromise, and fend for yourself at a young age. I was very self-sufficient by the time I was in second grade. I made my own lunch, did my own laundry, had daily and weekly chore lists that needed to be completed and learned how to do things for myself. Of course my parents loved us, but with seven kids, it was just easier to teach us how to do things for ourselves. And I'm happy for it.

I can't stand it when I see mothers who do EVERYTHING for their children. How are they learning anything if you finish their homework for them, brush their teeth and wipe their butt?! I mean seriously people. Admit it. You know somebody whose mother treated them that way. Come on. I KNOW you do! You should love your children, but you are not their maid and/or servant; you do not need to wait on them hand and foot as if they are incompetent of doing things themselves.

Okay, rant done. With that being said. I love my siblings. Things were sometimes rough growing up. We had our disagreements. And it definitely didn't help that I was super bossy and somewhat of a bully. On the flip side, I always had somebody to play with! And we had a blast swimming in the lake in our yard, playing at the park down the street and challenging our Dad 5 to 1 at softball! Now that we are older, I really cherish the special relationships that I have built with each and every one of them.

I miss living so close by and being able to see them whenever I want. But that makes our time together so much more special now that we only see each other a few times a year. And as you can see, when we do get together, we have a lot of fun! We are all pretty loud, outgoing and enjoy having fun! It's a blast when you put us all in the same room. Oh, and a little chaotic!

Two of them hold an extra special place in my heart.

My sister Elizabeth and I are 18 months apart. She's older. We were a grade apart in school, so we wound up having a lot of the same friends. Especially in High School. I don't think that we became really GOOD friends until then. We talk every single day. I was her Maid of Honor when she got married 5 1/2 years ago. She means the world to me. We've gone on trips together and tell each other everything. It's nice to have somebody to vent to, who really gets me and doesn't judge my decisions. We also call each other "Lady". We don't use our first names. Weird, yes, it is. But, that's just what we do! :)

The other is my brother, Dennis. He is 14 years older than me and we never really became connected until I was about 18. He lived about 2 hours away from my college and I would make a point to drive up to see him as often as I could. Those times meant so much to me. Before that I really only saw him on weekends or special occasions. And our whole family would be around, so we didn't have any one on one time. He is a wonderful brother who is always looking after me. We are similar in so many ways: our love of music, movies, books, and having a good time. He is SOO much fun to be around. Before we moved down to Texas we went to a different city every year for 3 years for St. Patty's Day. It was a BLAST! We also went to NYC to celebrate his 40th birthday "in style." I can't tell you how much fun it was! I really miss seeing him, but it helps that we talk on the phone quite often. Also, how can I not love the person who introduced me to Jimmy Buffet?
To this day I will see pictures of all seven of us and I can't believe that all of us are siblings!

And, for the record there is 1 boy and 6 girls. Our ages? 42, 39, 30, 28, 27, 25 and 23. My Mom had the last 5 of us in 7 years. What WAS she thinking?! (If you happen to see an Asian in there, don't worry, your eyes are correct. My oldest sister is adopted. But that's another story for another day!)

Check out Katie's blog for some more sibling love.

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