Cutting the umbilical cord

It all happened so fast yet felt like I had been running for hours. I zoomed past the dust-bin. Jumped over the gutter. Did a quick curve around whatever was in my way. Running. I kept running. I knew I didn’t want to look back. I didn’t want to see the smoke blowing out of his ears like an angry cartoon character off a Disney TV show. So I kept running. Finally, I ended up at a neighbour’s yard. It was stalemate. Caught between him and I, the neighbor tried to calm us down, shooting me a ‘what did you do now?’ look.

That was one of the most memorable run-ins I had with my oldest brother when I was little.

My other older brother and I went at it the most though. For one, because we are closer in age. And two, well, because he is the quiet, peaceful one. With him, I got away with a lot. So yes, I taunted him miserably when we were growing up.

Of my four siblings, my brothers are the ones I’ve spent all my life with, especially as we grow older now – and share the same house. For the latter reason alone, they are my best friends AND my worst enemies – you know what I mean if you’re as anal-retentive as I am and you also know how difficult it is sometimes to live with men.

Some people find it interesting (or odd) that the three of us still live together. Others know it’ll be hard when it’s time to cut the umbilical cord. Sure, we’ve had our ‘that’s mine, give it back’ moments and a lot of ‘stop stealing my packed lunch’ and ‘don’t leave your stuff everywhere’ fiascos. But that’s part of the package. It’s part of growing up in an extended family, as we did.

As we start to settle down and start our own families, a common, optimistic understanding though is creating a close, extended family similar to what we had back home.

My brothers – they’re the ones I know very well, yet know the littlest about.

“Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories.” ~ Susan Scarf Merrell

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~ by omonaij on February 26, 2012.

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