I never had little siblings, younger brothers or sisters… I was the baby of many, and by a bit.
My eldest sister would be mistaken as my mother whenever we would go out places… eleven and a half years difference can do that.
And so, I grew up learning loads of things not to do, loads of mistakes not to bother making, because at least one of my older siblings did that thing, made that mistake, and I learned the result long before I might have considered doing any of it myself.
Therefore, I’ve always struggled to understand what it could be like, having your younger sister in grammar school or still in high school… going to their terrible school performances or sports games… my siblings were all older by a good amount, so their performances and games were always awesome to me – in my child mind, they could have been pro compared to my own performances or games at the same time.
Tonight, I ran into two old classmates who were attending the art show of their little sister… and it reminded me that people actually do that, come back to the high school because of the younger sibling… I’d forgotten.
I’d thought people only really returned to visit for themselves, see old teachers and new buildings… that sort of thing… or to work there.
As I pondered how odd that idea feels, I suddenly recalled that I actually can relate a little bit.
You see, it’s almost like I have a borrowed younger sister.
My best friend lives in England, but her youngest sister lives in Houston, and she’s in high school right now.
Though I mostly am at the school for work purposes, I occasionally arrange my schedule around seeing her or spending time with her.
For the art show tonight, I had already planned to attend it, because it is always amazing.
However, I also knew that she would be performing in it, and so made sure to arrange accordingly to be there when she performed.
I always record her performance, and send it to her sister, who, naturally, is too far to make the trip for a short little performance every time.
So, in a way, I have a borrowed little sister: my best friend’s little sister.
It’s not exactly the same as her being my real sister, because I’d have attended loads more of her events and such…, but it has enough similarities for me to be able, ever so slightly, to relate to those who have younger siblings.
You know what I mean?