Ah I caught you out – you thought this post was going to be about my KIDS didn’t you? Yes I do have three kids – two boys and a girl. But just like my kids, I also grew up as one of three siblings. I had two older brothers, just like E (they’re five and nine years older than me).
Alas I couldn’t find a pic of me and my brothers as lots of my stuff like that is still packed waiting for our next house move, so you’ll have to make do with a photo of my kids instead!
This is what it was like for me growing up as a girl with two big brothers.
1. I was never allowed to do as much fun stuff as they were. They were always allowed to ride their bikes much further and much later into the evening than I was.
2. I got away with loads more than they did. Being the youngest and the only girl, I could twist my dad around my little finger (sorry Dad!)
3. I got more or less whatever I wanted, even when my parents initially said no. They would almost always give in to me (see above).
4. I had more pocket money than they did at the same age. Yes inflation happened, but somehow I turned £1 a week into £5 or £10 a week! I was a bit of an entrepreneur even at that age – cleaning the house and mowing the lawn to bump up my pocket money even higher.
5. I was allowed to stay up later because they did.
6. I was allowed to watch movies I was way to young for because they wanted them on.
7. I got told off constantly for trying to hang out with them and their friends. Who wants a little sister hanging around?
8. When I hit my teens, my friends suddenly got excited at the fact I had grown up brothers that had cars and motorbikes. They also liked the fact there was often a gang of their good looking mates at our house too.
9. I got to be great a playing pool because we had a pool table and they (and my dad) taught me how to play – it meant I was a great hustler as a teenager as nobody expected me to be able to clear the table.
10. I had someone to drive me places when my parents refused – and later on, I had a house to crash at after a drunken night out in town.
11. I had two brothers to swap bedrooms with when we got bored of our rooms. Bedroom swaps usually involved a trade off – I’ll give you my portable TV and two Easter eggs in return for your bigger room etc. I rarely got chance to switch though as I always had the tiniest room which gave me no bargaining power til one of them moved out and freed up some space.
12. I always had somebody around to fix a puncture on my bike. To this day I still have no idea how it’s done.
13. I learnt how to use computers and type before many of my friends owned one as my biggest brother is an IT guru. It meant I got to show off and hand in homework that I’d typed and printed out on a roll of printer paper with the holes down the side.
14. I had someone to stick up for me – although this would have worked better if we’d gone along to school at the same time. We didn’t due to the age gaps.
15. I got to wear Star Wars t-shirt hand-me-downs. And brown corduroy jeans.
16. I always had someone to help me move house and drive me back from uni when my parents were busy.
17. As well as hand-me-down clothes, I also inherited bikes. My first was a black Striker which I made my dad spray metallic pink (he ran a garage and did a professional job for me to my personal colour spec).
18. I was able to get my middle brother in trouble by telling Mum he’d hit me (which to be fair, he usually had).
19. I was also able to put on more tears to get him into even more trouble 🙂
20. I learnt to climb trees almost as soon as I learnt to walk.
21. I hated wearing pretty dresses as I wanted to be allowed to wear jeans and t-shirts like my brothers (E is totally not influenced by her big brothers when it comes to clothes though as all she wants to wear is pretty pink tutus and princess dresses!)
22. I often got to escape Sunday roast dinners (which I used to HATE) as my oldest brother would take me to Clumber Park for the afternoon (which always involved a McDonalds on the way.)
23. I always had somebody to figure out the instructions on a new gadget like a video recorder without me ever having to read them.
24. Our house was always busy and noisy. I loved growing up in amongst such craziness. (I guess that’s why I’ve replicated it with my own family.)
25. I always had somebody to look up to and idolise, and also to knock me back down to reality by reminding me the natural order of siblings is to fight. Almost all of the time.
Any of these sound familiar to you? Share with anyone you know that has two big brothers 🙂