Monday, August 30, 2010
Sibling relationships--and 80 percent of Americans have at least one--outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust. Asked to describe them, more than a few people stammer and hesitate, tripped up by memory and sudden bursts of unexpected emotion.
By Erica E. Goode in "The Secret World of Siblings," U.S. News & World Report, 10 January 1994
As an old man, Leo Tolstoy also once opined that “the simplest relationships in life are those between brother and sister”.
Sibling relationship is often the sweetest of the relationships which we nurture in our lives. Siblings are the only ones who are there with us from the dawn of our lives till the inevitable dusk. We may grow old and prudent to the world but to our siblings we never grow beyond school. One who is without sibling does’nt even knows what he/she has missed in their lives.
Growing up with siblings is the most exciting part of childhood as you have a 24X 7 friend with you .Siblings are there to play with you, laugh with you, cry with you, to support you, to cover up for you, to protect you from parent’s anger, to teach you some important lessons of life .
At least I can tell from my experiences that I would have lived a very unfulfilling and boring childhood had my brothers been not there for me. My siblings have made my life worthwhile. And I can’t even imagine my life without them. They are my support system and my soul. Our mutual relationship has taught us how to resolve arguments, how to get on each other’s nerves and last but not the least how to make jokes .Off course there have been times when there have been some serious differences between us, a bit of rivalry too, but all this made a positive impact only on our minds. Rivalry between the siblings is common but to only focus on the hostility is missing the main show.
Sibling is not only someone, who has same genes and has lived in the same womb, as you but also someone with whom you have developed a deep unique bond over a period of time.