As the oldest of four girls, I am always excited about National Siblings Day. Between me and the next sister, there is a 7 year age gap, which is pretty awesome. I was just old enough to be cool, but not too old to be old. Well, at least not until they were old enough to drive and make normal teenager mistakes, in which case I switched into parent-mode and lectured them on poor behavior. After all, why did they need to experience the bummy side of life when I already did it for them? As far as I was concerned (and still am, to be honest), they didn’t need to experience life because I could tell them all they needed to know. Of course, sisters have no problem telling you when you’re being unreasonable (or if your outfit looks terrible), so I’ve learned to let them be their own people, no matter how hard it can be. Luckily, they’ve all turned out pretty great (we have awesome parents) and I’m proud of them.
That said, I’m pretty sure that this is how they feel about me: The 24 Worst Parts Of Having Older Siblings.
In the meantime, here are some of the things I’ve learned because I have sisters:
- Putting someone in a box on the front porch as a “present” never gets old (see photo below).
- Your sister will never forgive you for “offering” to give her snacks and then eating them yourself.
- Sisters are perfect for when you want to be a “photographer” and will do just about anything (see photo below).
- For each younger sister, she gets into less and less trouble for the same things you got in trouble for.
- Ditto for the age you’re allowed to get your ears pierced, shave, and/or date.
- My music and clothing were awesome, even if it took them 10 years to realize it.
- How to do a french braid.
- You can never have enough bathrooms and it’s important to have your own shampoo.
- No one can mess with your sisters…. Unless it’s your other sister, in which case it’s a bonding moment.
- Sisters will never let you forget your embarrassing moments and will tell whomever you’re dating about them.
- Sisters automatically love or hate anyone you love or hate, no questions asked.
- Someone’s getting horseback riding lessons, and it’s not going to be you.
- Sisters are people, too.