Today is National Sibling Day. I’m the oldest of 9 kids. To celebrate this made-up holiday, I won’t send my sisters and brothers any chocolates or flowers (that’s expensive), but instead will describe them all as an animal. We grew up on the Funny Farm…so it’s only fitting.
- #2—Tamera the Tortoise. She’s a slow walker. When we spent a semester in Israel together, we drove each other crazy walking anywhere. I would be several steps ahead telling her to speed up…and she would lag behind ignoring me (thinking in her head, “Shut up!”). Despite her slow walking flaw, I love her so much!
- #3—Ollie the Owl. He’s a HOOT! He makes me laugh all the time and is the greatest brother ever! He’s an expert at working my dog into an excited frenzy with his loud voice, as well as my kids. Life is never dull when Ollie comes around.
- #4—Tina the Tiger. She’s teenie, yet she can be a tiger if pushed (which I admire). Tigers are beautiful and majestic, and Tina is both. As a kid, she had a defiant attitude—“Don’t tell me what to do!”—but as an adult, she is amazing…Queen of the Jungle.
- #5—Don Quixote. Don fears nothing…not even windmills! He keeps a pellet gun at work (or maybe it’s a real gun—I don’t know), and keeps his workplace safe from pigeons by shooting them from the roof during breaks. His boss probably gave him a raise for this (pigeons are a menace to rooftops–seriously!)
- #6–#6. This isn’t an animal, but she’s so proud of her 6th place in the family that I don’t have the heart to animate her. #6 should be a Disney princess—she has the voice for it, always belting out a Disney cruise song at odd times when we’re together. She cracks me up.
- #7—Lilo the Lamb. She’s easy-going, but can bleat quite loudly (when competing with Ollie the Owl). Lilo does hair, and is gorgeous! Is it wrong to look up to a little sister? Well, I do.
- #8—SpongeMop Bossy Pants. She’s bossy and keeps things very clean. I say that with the most loving admiration. In an indecisive family, it’s nice to have one person able to make decisions quickly and organize the rest of us. Thanks, SpongeMop!
- #9—James the Jackrabbit. My wee baby brother is tall, lanky, and quiet. He might be able to jump, but I’m not sure. I based my character James in my upcoming book off him. James is a good sport and lets everything roll off him without getting upset. That’s good, because in the Author’s notes of my book, I said that my character James was my little brother, only cool! But I love you, real James (whose name isn’t James).
I LOVE all my brothers and sisters! They’ve always had my back growing up on the Funny Farm. I wouldn’t trade my life or family for any other! Happy Sibling Day Tamera, Ollie, Tina, Don, #6, Lilo, SpongeMop, and James! You all are the best sisters and brothers EVER!
***All images via Microsoft Office