Langley Writes

about her rich and random life

Super Siblings: I Won the Sweepstakes April 22, 2011

It’s true. I won the siblings sweepstakes. My brother and my sister are exceptional people. If they weren’t in my family, I’d still want to hang out with them. The three of us are wildly different but it works seamlessly. We all have our strengths, our ‘position’ within the familial unit. Birth order probably has something to do with the harmony, but so does personality. We just fit together. It makes sense.

It’s hard for me to summarize my relationship with my brother and my sister in a single post. In fact, I could write for days and not clearly communicate the depth of my respect and love for both of them. So I’m taking the easy road. I’ll let other, more articulate people speak for me. Here are some of my favorite quotes about siblings:

A sibling may be the keeper of one’s identity, the only person with the keys to one’s unfettered, more fundamental self.  ~Marian Sandmaier

We know one another’s faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar.  We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws.  ~Rose Macaulay

I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers.  It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage.  Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.  ~Maya Angelou

To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other’s hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.  ~Clara Ortega

Sibling relationships – and 80 percent of Americans have at least one – outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship.  They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.  ~Erica E. Goode, “The Secret World of Siblings,” U.S. News & World Report, 10 January 1994


7 Responses to “Super Siblings: I Won the Sweepstakes”

  1. Awesome post! I have a great relationship with my brother.

  2. Wendy Says:

    I’m deeply envious of all stories like yours because I grew up with no siblings nor cousins or neighbors near my age. I know of people who would like to be in my shoes, but I would have loved to have others around to play with and to talk to. You really are a winner in the truest sense!

  3. Trisha Says:

    I have one brother, he is pretty awesome too, though I admit we are not really REALLY close friends or anything. But he is creative and talented and a good person all round! I’m very proud to be his big sister!

  4. nutschell Says:

    what a sweet post. siblings really are blessings. you are lucky to have two!
    Great meeting you through the A-Z!


  5. nutschell Says:

    siblings are a blessing. you’re lucky to have two!
    Great meeting you through the A-Z!


  6. Spencer Says:

    My siblings and I are not so lucky, if we weren’t related we would not hang out. I love my siblings and sometimes I wish we were closer. I love the quote by Clara Ortega.

  7. Keischa Says:

    I came, I read this article, I cnuoqreed.

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