Sibling love

When I was pregnant with my daughter I was a bit apprehensive about how my son would respond to her. He had been an only child for 7 years, would he be jealous that somebody would come and share his space? How would he react to her taking up so much of my time and me not being available for him as much as I used to. Would the age difference come in the way of them being playmates when she’s older?

She’s 9 months now and I think I was worried for nothing. My son absolutely dotes on his sister. He says that she’s the cutest baby in the universe and he’s the luckiest brother. Every time we want him to get off the iPad we tell him to play with his baby sister. My daughter seems destined not to be a girly girl. She loves playing with her brother’s toys even the creepy ones.

I guess I have nothing to worry about and can look forward to seeing this brother-sister relationship blossom in the future.

The Strength of Family

I’ve had good friends throughout my life but they’ve come and gone. I’m still in touch with many of my school friends but they’re living their own lives so far away. All this time the person I’ve been closest to is my sister.

By coincidence when I moved to Dubai she had moved here as well just a month earlier. We live only 15 minutes away from each other. Before that we were both living in the same city where we had spent all of our childhood. We’ve been together all of our lives.

I saw my sister who is a doctor look after my father when he was dying of cancer. I learnt from her that no matter how many friends you have it is family you can depend on in times of need. Family is the most important thing you can have.  You don’t choose your family but they are a blessing that God bestows upon you.

In every crisis we have faced I have seen my family come together. After my parents I know I can depend on my siblings if ever I need them. For the same reason I panic at the thought that my son is an only child. Who will he turn to when his parents are no longer around?

Just the other day when I was driving my son to school he said, “Dear God please give Mama a baby”. I was very surprised that he said that but at the same time I repeated in my head “Dear God, please listen to him.” I hope my son gets to experience the joys of having siblings and never has to feel alone in this world.

Me with my brother and sister

Me with my brother and sister

Daily Prompt: BFFs

  1. Friends | The Magic Black Book
  2. You want to see best friends against the world? | From One Crazy Life To Another
  3. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Journeyman
  4. Voices | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. A Speck Of Green – Part 1(Looking for Dad) | The Jittery Goat
  6. Kith and kin | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: BFFs | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  8. things to learn | y
  9. Learning the lesson of love… Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. DP Daily Prompt: BFFS | Sabethville
  11. Daily Prompt – Lesson Learned: A Haiku; Tuesday, January 28, 2014 |
  12. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Daily Prompt: BFFs | laura-in-china
  14. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. The lady with the plasters | Kate Murray
  16. Friends Trust Each Other Prayers and Promises
  17. Daily Prompt: BFFs | The Wandering Poet
  18. Defy the Diet | Daily Prompt: BFFs | likereadingontrains
  19. Seriously? | My Author-itis
  20. Friends | trifectumblog
  21. The one who spoke | dandelionsinwind
  22. Learning from each other | Geek Ergo Sum
  23. Those I Adore | Writing and Works
  24. Mans best friend | From One Crazy Life To Another
  25. A BFF Haiku | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. I’ll Be There For You (When the Rain Starts to Fall) | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  27. Special Purpose or Special Man | marjanitalarosa
  28. Lessons Learned « One Crazy Mom
  29. Get Back Up | Wanderlein
  30. Because I knew you, I have been changed for good. | Amoeba Kat Musings
  31. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | Me and the Outlaw Jesse James
  32. Daily prompt: BFFs | ferwam
  33. Never Letting Go | Pretty ToThinkSo…
  34. A Poem: A Bit of Friendly Advice | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  35. Smoke Flares Must Taste Delicious | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  36. BFFs! | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  37. My Best Sisfur… | Haiku By Ku
  38. Daily Post: BFF aka A girl called Gigi | Willow Blackbird
  39. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Wordz on a Page
  40. Daily Prompt: BFFs | No Apologies
  41. Daily Prompt: Let Your Hair Down! | birgerbird
  42. Inspirational words from a friend | Processing the life
  43. Friends You Can Trust | Flowers and Breezes
  44. Alles Geben | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. The Urban Family | londonlately
  46. Ode to Spam | Farfetched Friends
  47. BFF Lessons | The Nameless One
  48. BFFs?? Sure! | LenzExperiments
  49. Best Friends Forever | Eyes to Heart
  50. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Out of Reach

When I was a child the 4 year and 5 year difference I had with my elder sister and brother seemed really too much. They were always out of my reach.

I used to follow my brother around and copy everything he did. He used to cycle so I learnt cycling too even though I remember grazing my knees and elbows quite badly attempting to learn but I did it in the end. He would skate around the house so I had to learn too. Sometimes he would make me his orderly (a senior army officer’s assistant) and I would do his chores.

I would want to play with my sister and her friends but I was a baby for them and they didn’t want to have me around. When her friends were not around she would dress me up as a bride and put on make-up on me. I think I rather enjoyed it as I never complained.

What I longed for was to be treated as an equal. I soon learnt that this was not going to be possible and it was better just to stick with my friends.

When we became adults everything changed. Now I always go to my sister for advice and am close to both my siblings. They treat me as an equal and I don’t feel the age difference at all. Sometimes they ask me for advice or help too. I’m glad they are no longer out of my reach.

Me with my brother and sister

Me with my brother and sister

Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach

  1. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. of hangups « Anawnimiss
  3. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Diary of Dennis
  4. Desire | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. My very own Auto Bookie Pro | Now Have At It!
  6. To trust: worth more than a thousand toys | alienorajt
  7. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach – Dream Love
  8. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach…..walking in darkness | timzauto…. in search of the blond haired kid
  9. Feeding a street cat | Alex Markovich Digital Art
  10. “Desire” | Relax
  11. There Was Nothing For Christmas, But I Received Everything | The Jittery Goat
  12. Date with Dream Lake Manasarovar | Life is a Vacation
  13. Daily Prompt: The Mini Me | readingwithafeather
  14. Um. No. Wow, that was a simple entry! | thoughtsofrkh
  15. Toy Envy | Kate Murray
  16. The Lurker’s List | The Beat That Was Not Meant For Me
  17. Absence of Desire | Finale to an Entrance
  18. Out of Your Reach | Geek Ergo Sum
  19. out of reach | yi-ching lin photography
  20. Author | crookedeyebrows
  21. Out Of My Reach
  22. Out Of My Reach | Flowers and Breezes
  23. White-hot | Bullet holes in the wall
  24. dream for a future | The Frozen Tears
  25. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  26. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach « Mama Bear Musings
  27. Barbie House | Poetry by Nowelle
  28. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | kimmiecode 🙂
  29. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Awl and Scribe
  30. Out of Reach But Still Happy Trails | Kansa Muse
  31. The Number FiftyTwo
  32. How much is that doggie in the window? | Louie Behogan
  33. Out of their reach | Braised Pork on Rice
  34. ‘Covet’ doesn’t begin to describe it … | 365 And Counting
  35. Daily Prompt – Out of your Reach | Kate Frazer Writes
  36. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Finding Life
  37. dəˈzī(ə)r/ | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  38. Guest Blogger- Jann Alexander “Holiday Expectations” « Dancing with Fireflies
  39. Daily Prompt: All I Want | One Starving Activist
  40. To Veal or Not to Veal, That is the Question . . . | meanderedwanderings
  41. The bike | Life is great
  42. Out Of Your Reach | johnny ojanpera
  43. Desire – Daily Prompt | L5GN
  44. Eros Goes Global | Travel with Intent
  45. Breaker Breaker Calling Father Christams, over! | Many musings blog’s Blog
  46. Childhood Desire | Active Army Wife
  47. birth of an angel | peacefulblessedstar
  48. Out of Reach | The Nameless One
  49. Christmas Wish | HardWriteTurn
  50. All Good Things | Retrofocus
  51. My Grown Up Christmas List | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  52. birth of an angel | peacefulblessedstar
  53. Daily prompt blues | Rob’s Surf Report
  54. Desire | Words ‘n Pics
  55. Nothing Was Really Ever Out Of My Reach…It Just Felt That Way | Eccentric and Bent
  56. Daily prompt: Desire | Words ‘n Pics
  57. Love | Stories from aside
  58. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach – A mother’s peril | littlegirlstory
  59. Everything I Need…..(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  60. Always Blessed ! | Dreams to Reality !
  61. Perfect Parents? Baloney. | Parents Are People Too
  62. Daily Post: Palace of Earthly Desires | Light Words
  63. December Blog Challenge… Desire | Chuckle at Chaos
  64. The Daily: Out of Your Reach | Patty Ryan Lee
  65. Clothes for Ken | It’s all Bananas
  66. Fire and Desire | anonim0us
  67. Healthy Desire | Whispered Words
  68. Sugar! | unaware but underlined
  69. Not walking tall | Emotional Fitness
  70. But I want… | 2 times pink
  71. Dear Santa (A Grownup’s Christmas List) – Compass & Quill
  72. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | SIM | ANTICS
  73. Out of Reach… | Kawanee’s Korner
  74. Desire – | Destino
  75. The Tempting Tater | Diary of a quirky girl
  76. Red Shoes to Make You Fly! | Chasing Rabbit Holes
  77. Desire | Words on a Page
  78. To Give Is To Receive | Wiley’s Wisdom
  79. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Moonlight Reflections
  80. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | A Weary Mind
  81. Barbie’s Electric Car | Chasing A Dream
  82. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | I’m Just Sayin’…
  83. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  84. Out of Reach | The Silver Leaf Journal
  85. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Basically Beyond Basic
  86. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | adorablyobnoxious
  87. Out of Your Reach | Just for Fun Drawings
  88. Out of Your Reach | My Conscious Self
  89. DP: Just beyond my reach. | Simple Heart Girl
  90. The Telescope And The Not-So Big Gift | polymathically
  91. Out of Your Reach | i am bittersweet
  92. in death, there is | y
  93. extension | yi-ching lin photography
  94. Imprint… | vic briggs
  95. The toy I always wanted…but was afraid to ask for | The Crayon Files