Sibling Warfare

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Sibling Warfare
The Age of Puberty

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I am the oldest in a family of six children. Once we reached puberty; and maybe through hormone changes, the war was on each time my mother tried to leave the house.

 


 

Since I was supposed to be “in charge” of the work that was expected, I was seen as the antagonist. My brother and sister resisted getting work accomplished on every occasion we were alone. My sister, two years younger, was the artistic, creative type who thought that cleaning the floor, or the dishes, was a condescension. Wanting to do only manly activities, my brother, who was hyperactive, refused to do what was required.

 


 

I knew we had a short timeframe to get all the work done. We would not be able to go to the movies or whatever else, we “could dream up,” if the work wasn’t finished.

 


 

 

This situation often lead to arguing, and chasing each other down the hallways. One Saturday, hairbrushes were thrown, one person locked themselves in the bathroom, and my brother put a broom handle through the hollow core door.

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Once my mother arrived, we were grounded for an undetermined period.Because I was the one who was working, at babysitting and cleaning for a neighbour, I was the one who paid for the new door.

 


 

These disputes happened often, and although we always loved and protected each other, when it came to chore time, the war was on….

 


 

Shirley Langton 2020

 


Submitted: June 17, 2020

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