Ever since Gary posted the question about how artistic you were, I’ve been very sad and depressed. See, on a scale of 1-10 I’m like a 2 in that department. Of course, it depends on what kind of artistic you mean, but I’m thinking drawing, painting, sketching. I just can’t do it. My stick people look like sticks and my trees look like the stick threw up! It’s not pretty! Ok, I’m not sad and depressed, but it did get me thinking about my siblings and all the talents/things we have in common or do not.
There are four kids in my family. I am #3 of 4. I have 2 older sisters and 1 younger brother. My second sister was born in April of ’78 and I was born in Sept of ’79. Yeah, somebody was busy! Out of all of us, people usually think I’m the oldest. I don’t know if it’s the way I look or more the way I act that make people think that. I’ve been told for a long time that I was so mature for my age….blah blah blah. I mean, thank you very much I think. The similarities and differences only begin there.
Three out of four of us have blonde hair. Sister #2 got stuck with brown. Three out of four of us are tall. Sister #1 is short. Well, short to us but really I guess she’s average height! I’m 5′ 11.5″ so everyone is short to me!!! Three out of four of us are right handed. My brother is the lefty like my dad, but my mom is right handed. Funny, all the girls are right and the boys are lefty’s! Three out of four of us played an instrument in school. Sister #2 never showed interest, but I really don’t think she’s got a musical bone in her body! Three out of four of us did NOT play sports. I’m the only one that played and ya know what? I didn’t suck! My brother can golf, but only played on the school team one year I believe. Artistically, like I said above, I have no talent! But, my 3 siblings can all draw well. My brother use to make cartoon characters, my sisters can both draw, and sister #1 can paint well. She is also very crafty. She can go to the craft store and buy a bunch of stuff, take it home and make it into something to sell! She makes wreaths for Christmas (or anytime of year) she makes coasters with pictures on them, she does signs, she makes knick knacks. The list goes on! That all skipped me! Academically, my brother kind of got left in the dust by us girls. Don’t get me wrong, he’s smart and has great common sense and life skills, but us girls all got A’s in school. He got B’s and C’s and some D’s! (Not that B’s and C’s are bad!) I think he just didn’t like school like we did so he wasn’t obsessed with getting A’s. Believe me, us girls had to get A’s. I don’t know why, just the way we are. I couldn’t figure out why mom and dad never pushed him to do better, but they didn’t. I never heard them belittle him about his grades. It was “just try your best”. Kind of irked me sometimes.
Ok, this got way too long, but I find it interesting how it’s always 3 against one in our family. Is your family like this? Do you notice that you and your siblings are “split” on what you do well and what you don’t? Do you take after one side of your family more than another (whether that’s mom or dad or grandparents)? Thanks Gary, for posing the question that got this all started!