Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Sibling Story

Once upon a time there was a little girl with long tangly dark hair who liked to read and had a tendency to be bossy. She bossed her little sister so much that the poor girl rarely spoke because her sister did all the talking for her.


First day of Second Grade & Kindergarten. Those are shadows on the hair, not beehives. Dig those Sesame Street & Holly Hobbie lunchboxes!

They were very close in age, but clearly the big sister called the shots - if they played Dukes of Hazard with the neighbor boys, Big Sister was ALWAYS Daisy and Little Sister was ALWAYS Boss Hog. When they presented outdoor dance recitals to Michael Jackson's Thriller album, Big Sister planned out all the dance moves and gave herself a really long solo. Little Sister was only allowed to do backup, even though she was clearly the better dancer. When they played School, Big Sister was always the teacher, non-negotiable, and she gave her only student lots of classwork. Little Sister never complained.

Dance recital circa 1986... a little tap duet called "Papa's Piano".

As they got older, Big Sister wasn't pleased when Little Sister wanted to hang out with her friends, and thought she should just get her own. But Little Sister preferred the company of Big Sister and her older friends, especially the boys. Years go by and Big Sister sows some pretty wild oats with Little Sister watching every move, and soon she begins to throw around some oats of her own.

Big Sister goes to college. Little Sister goes to another college. Both girls are struggling to be independent, but neither are making great choices about school, or boys, or jobs.

More years pass. Little Sister finds herself in an intense relationship that is all-consuming. She has a baby. Then she gets married. She is the official "wild card" of the family, doing things in the wrong order for a Southern girl with a Southern Baptist family. She struggles.

But Little Sister works hard, and accepts help, and raises a gorgeous daughter in spite of husband with addiction problems. Big Sister helps when she can and worries alot from the sidelines. Eventually Little Sister gets even braver, and discards the husband that brings nothing but trouble. She soldiers on for a few years alone, and then meets a wonderful man who brings happiness to her and her daughter.

And now Little Sister will be a mom for the second time, and this Bossy Big Sister couldn't be happier.

Congratulations Amanda!


Halloween 1983. Guess who had to be Raggedy Anne?"

13 comments:

Amy said...

This was a sweet post! And I see so much of the big sister/little sister in my house on a daily basis! Looks like it might turn out alright though!

Virginia said...

Congratulations to your sister - for the baby but also for finding a great guy.

Your story brings back many memories for me. I too was the Bossy Big Sister. I loved playing school with my younger sisters and constantly gave them huge amounts of "homework". I also sent poor report cards to our parent listing their "misbehaviors" in detail. I'm glad I was the older sister - being my younger sister wasn't such a great gig.

AmySandy said...

How exciting!!! It will be interesting if it's a little girl...and the Big Sister/Little Sister adventure begins anew! ;)

Name: The Bryant Family said...

Great post - but I can't remember which sister this one is - you have so many! :-)

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