Thursday, October 27, 2011

I Must Ask . . . How Many Siblings Do You Have?

We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. –Erma Bombeck

I think last week's poll was really fun! I love that so many people voted this week. I've been watching all week and 2 and 4 kids were neck-and-neck, but at the very last second, 2 pulled ahead by a vote! It looks to me like more people have an even number of kids. Possibly because even numbers are more easily accommodated at amusement parks? Or maybe because then nobody is left out? I also noted that the higher the number, the fewer the votes there were. Only 1 person with seven children stopped by to vote {thanks, by the way!} and after that, zilch. It is probably because anyone with that number of children doesn't have any spare time to read blogs and vote in polls.

This week is a spin-off of last week. As a parent, you have somewhat of a say in how many children are in your family. As one of those children, you don't really have a say at all. And in both cases, you pretty much have to take it as is comes. I grew up in a family of six, the oldest of four girls and two boys. I loved having so many siblings. With the exception of my sister, who is 2½ years younger than I am, I remember waiting anxiously for the arrival of the next baby. It was always so exciting to find out if it was a boy or a girl and I loved going to the hospital to see mom and hold the new baby. I changed diapers for all but that same sister, who is just younger than me. In my early diaper-changing days, I nicked my brother, who is five years younger than me, with a safety pin trying to fasten his cloth diaper. And as the oldest, I babysat a lot. All six of us had to share bedrooms at one time or another. Sometimes there were three kids squished in a bedroom. I shared with my sister for a lot of years. She was messy and I was neat, which got on my nerves. I got on her nerves when I had hiccups that shook the bunkbeds while we were trying to go to sleep. We fought and we made up. We giggled and shared secrets and hated each other and were best friends.

I have two other sisters. One who is my twin-ten-years-younger, and another who is 13 years younger than I am. I mentioned the older of my two brothers already, and my youngest brother is 18½ years younger than I am, or in other words half my age. As adults, I have great relationships with all of them, and as crazy and hectic as it was {I escaped to the quiet of Grandma's house quite often} I loved growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters. And how about you? I must ask . . . how many siblings do you have?

8 comments:

P. said...

I have one older sister by 17 months and two younger brothers by 4 and 5 years. We still enjoy each others' company. I had to laugh at your Erma Bombeck quote. That was our house too.

The stories I could tell about sharing a room with my sister all those many years. When neither of us could sleep, there was a good chance of a "sock fight." One of us would stealthily reach down to the floor and search around for a sock or two (not hard to find in our room), ball it up, and then whip it across the room toward the other bed in the dark. It'd usually hit the wall next to the bed with a soft thunk and then you'd know it was ON. But we couldn't let the giggles get too out of hand or one of our parents would yell for us to pipe down and go to bed. Yep, good times.

Angie said...

I have one brother 7 1/2 years younger than me. My dad has 21 brothers and sisters and would have had a house with the same craziness as that but my mom (one of 5) had other plans...so 2 it was.

gill said...

I have 5 siblings! 4 sistera and 1 brother! and I am the 5th child in our family

Shay said...

I have one sister. My parents married just after birth control became available and I think I put them off having too many kids since Im the eldest . I was one of the4 high energy on the go kids ...so I'm probably lucky to have a sister !

JazznJenna said...

We were the reverse of your family, 2 girls and 4 boys. 6 kids in 9 years! The girls are #2 (me) and #4 (Angela). We had some good times growing up, but have even more fun together now that we're all adults. I wish more than anything we could live closer to each other again (like when we all lived in Utah Valley for a few months, that was so great). We love our family reunions now!

QuiltNut Creations said...

Just me and my brother. he's 3yrs younger then me.

Michelle said...

None.

JJ said...

I have 3 sisters and one brother. I am the oldest and had to take care of my youngest sister after she was born. I shared a room with my sister that is 10 months younger. She was messy and I was neat and we used to have some pretty good fights. All in all life was good. I also have 7 kids and 20 grandkids.