i wonder what it’s like to have a sister

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I wonder what it’s like to have a sister,

Someone I shared a room with as a kid,

We would share our clothes and laugh about boys,

Plastering pictures of Leo DiCaprio on our walls

And dreaming of careers in law and medicine

Or possibly an Oscar or an Emmy or Grammy.

Would we still be ever so close, or would

Some argument have ripped us apart?

An argument that we can’t remember starting.

Or are we still close, phoning each other nightly

And agonizing over husbands who misbehave

And jobs that didn’t turn out quite as we hoped.

It doesn’t really matter, because I don’t have a sister,

No-one to lean on and always be there,

But still I can dream that she exists in a life

A little bit easier than the one I know now.

I’m an only child and so I always wonder what it might be like to have a brother or sister. When I was a kid I thought it would be nice to have somebody to play with on holiday; now I think it would be nice to have someone to lean on in difficult times.

I’m sure people with siblings will have sometimes wished that they were only children, to have had all the attention to themselves and more expensive Christmas presents. But we all kind of think that the grass is greener on the other side.

Much Love

Rachel xx

9 thoughts on “i wonder what it’s like to have a sister

  1. clcouch123

    Having a sister is cool. Having three brothers is cool, too. If I had been a girl, having a sister would have meant all the things you describe, I believe. But now that we’re grown and have been for a while, it is true that we are allies unconditionally. (And my brothers.) And, yes, that’s something.

  2. juliadeniro

    I wished at one point that I had a sister; I figured we would be closer than me and my brother. Now I’m glad I have my brother, even though he lives far away and hardly communicates with me.

  3. Margot Kinberg

    I grew up with three sisters (and two brothers). I think relationships among siblings are always complex, no matter how healthy the family is, or how much the siblings love each other. It’s just that way. That said, sisters can have a lot to offer, I think, Rachel.

  4. K.L. Hale

    My nephew is an only child. I can imagine you pondering about what it would be like. I’m a twin. And it is definitely a “different” type of relationship. There’s a bond for sure. And we are opposites in so many ways. We have an older sister who felt like she didn’t exist after we were born. Sending you hugs. Happy Halloween weekend!

      1. K.L. Hale

        We almost have it! We finish each other’s sentences and feel very much the same way at times. It is fascinating! And some times not. But way more pros! 💛

  5. theresaly520

    I have one sister and two brothers. I cherish our fun adventures together. We had great times building forts, playing games, biking outside. Sometimes, we’ve had fights and crazy arguments that were healed with time and space. I’m grateful that we support each other no matter different we are. I’m sure it’s different from one family to the next.

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