People Who Have Siblings
(By Susan Cifuentes)
In my family, it's just my dad, my mom and me. Yup! I'm the only child.It's very tough to be the only child, having all the attention and focus on you. A lot of people think that being the only child makes me get whatever I want. I always reply to them with a straight-to-the-point , "No." I had to work for the things I wanted, I had to maintain my grades and behave well. Sometimes I wished there were other people my parents would pay attention to, not only me, so at least some pressure was taken off.
Once in a while, my friends complain about how their siblings annoy them so much. They tell stories of their brother or sister bossing them around the house, teasing them, and telling on them to their parents. Even though their stories seem like something I too would get very mad at , secretly I wish I had what they did. I am indeed quite jealous.
I've always wanted a brother or a sister, ideally an older one. I always mention to my friends that I want one and they reply with an "OMG ! Don't say that! You'll regret it! "or "You want mine?" They say that I'm lucky to be the only child, but I'm pretty sure that if they were in my position they would want the same thing. They don't know how it feels to be the "only" one. It does get pretty lonely. You don't really have anyone to talk to at home, and you worry about who's going to be there with you once your parents are gone.
My friend from freshman year had a terrible accident during PE when we were playing Frisbee one time. A guy from the opposing team crashed into her, and her forehead started bleeding a whole lot. They eventually called her brother out of class to wait and take care of her until their mom arrived. I thought it was so cute that he tried to calm her down; it was such a heartfelt moment. The connection they had was what I would call ... priceless. I was very jealous knowing that I would never have such a relationship with someone I can call my "brother".
There was also a time when my friend told me that she spent the weekend with her sister. They went shopping and all that good girly stuff. I always imagined that if I did have an older sister, I would tell her everything and we would have a ton of fun! She would be the person I trusted the most, the one that I'd ask for help when I need it.
I overcome my jealousy by surrounding myself with great friends who I can treat as my long-lost siblings. I hope they'll always be there with me through everything because I know I need them.