Being the oldest sibling is analogous to being the early bird to arrive at a party- the one that shines, captures the crowd’s attention, and cracks joke after joke. In my case, I was the first child in my household, but I also have a sister in Grade 9, and a brother in Grade 3. I’ve learned how to play by Satan’s (aka, my sister’s), rules over the years, although it is the last thing I want to do. Alas, arguments ensue if I do not attempt to familiarize myself with the actions of my siblings, which usually go something like this:
1. Food. The three P’s every child craves: “Make me pancakes/pasta/pizza.” Whining about food, or lack thereof, is a priority on many kid’s to do lists.
2. School. Enough said. “How was school?” *Cue grumpy face, bag gets thrown on nearest, and usually dirtiest, surface, stair stomping and door slamming follows.* School is not a popular topic of conversation, regardless of whether you are talking to a child, a teen, or a college student. Either that, or they’re so enthusiastic you end up wishing you didn’t ask in the first place.
3. Family Vacations.”Can I see the iPad?”
“I’m using it.”
“No, I just need to check the stats of the hockey game.”
“And I just need to take selfies.”
This is a typical conversation between my siblings on long road trips, where the iPad is the sole means of even attempting to be seated in an uncomfortable setting, with suitcases and bags of food pressing against you on every possible side they can fit. It ends when my mom asks to borrow it to use social media, oblivious to the fact that she would have no Internet on the highway
4. Helping hand? Forget it. If asked to bring anything from any floor other than the one they are currently situated on, noise WILL be made. “Can you please bring my phone charger from my room?” “No.” *Repeat 2293 times.* Ends with my dad forcing them to run upstairs and grab it for me.
5. Laundry. The wrong pair of whatever will end up amiss, leading to me throwing clothes out of my sister’s closet, searching for that favorite pink and white striped shirt, or those blue jeans that I had to wear the next day. I may as well have taken double the time and done a better job sorting through the clothes than they did.
6. Cleaning. If asked to wash the dishes, sweep the floor, wipe down the table, put food back in the fridge-being asked anything of the sort initiate whimpers that only the incapable could make. Not to mention, both of my siblings are perfectly capable of doing every sort of chore-they decide to first try backing out, and when that doesn’t work, they make a run for it, stating they urgently need to go to the bathroom.
These are six main things I’ve noticed living with younger siblings. If you have more ideas, comment below! Now onto today’s recipe!
Quote of the Day
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll
Word of the Day
Effrontery (n.): impudence, nerve, insolence (When I told my cousin that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my effrontery.)
-1 and 1/3 cups dried papaya
-2 cups dried pineapple
Put all ingredients in the blender, and blend until a dough forms. Shape into 24 balls, and keep refrigerated. Serve cold.
Nutrition Facts (per one ball):
Fat: 0 g
Carbs: 16.3 g
Sodium: 22.5 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 0.7 g
Sugar: 11.4 g
Protein: 0 g