I am the youngest of four children and one of only two alive today. I had a protective older brother and two older sisters. Life with older siblings growing up allowed me to get away with some things that an only child would not get away with, but it also taught me some things that guide me even today.
- Never take someone for granted because you never know how long they will be with you.
- It is okay to be right but it is also okay to be wrong.
- Try to resolve disagreements quickly and be willing to let them go.
- There is nothing like a sibling who has your back.
- Family is forever.
Never forget to cherish your time with a person and accept them for who they are. Before I started Kindergarten my brother was responsible for giving me a nickname that has stuck to this day (Chip). He kept me safe when I rode my tricycle down the side of the main highway we lived on even though I was not supposed to. He also was there for an argument over taking my tricycle off the back of dad’s truck. He tried to keep me from taking it off and when I succeeded my brother made sure dad got me to the Dr. quickly (dropped it on my little hand and cut it wide open). His fast action resulted in the Dr. stitching up my hand (I still have the scar). I also learned that it can be very painful to lose a brother. In 1969 I witnessed him being hit and killed by a car from the porch of our home.
It is okay to be right but is also okay to be wrong. My sister Leslie and I argued all the time but no matter who was right she had my back when it counted. Some arguments were tough to resolve but most of them were.
Try to resolve disagreements quickly and be willing to let them go. I held onto a disagreement with my sister Leslie and did not resolve it in time. Shortly after she graduated, a car accident took her from my life. Like losing a brother, it is hard to lose a sister.
There is nothing like a sibling who has your back. Today only my sister Merle remains of my siblings and she like my brother and sister when I was young has been there through some tough times. She always has my back and when she needs me I’ll try to be there for her too.
Finally, family is forever! Each of my siblings has helped to make me who I am today and I am forever changed because of each one.