Sibling Rivalry Part 2

Parenthood sucks …. it is a big swindle and when I signed up, I did not get to read the small print. Remember the thrill one got when the infant in the tummy kicked? Well, that was the beginning, these sweet little people come into your world, make you fall totally in love with them and then, wham!!! They kick serious ass. Of course they have a lot of practise … they’ve been feuding against each other all their bloomin lives. We parents dont stand a chance … we got married and drifted away from our siblings and the war zone … we are flabby, out of shape and out of practise. Then they want us to be judge and hand out punishments to them. When they grow up – they complain that you were partial to the other sibling. Idiots – all I ever did was to ensure that you did not kill each other while in my care!!!

When I was a kid, fights with my brother were constant. We kicked, we teased, we shoved, we called each other names, and we rolled over and over on the ground punching each other as hard as we could. It is a wonder that we did not kill each other. Many of our fights started in our backyard. In my excitement to win, my yelling grew so loud that the whole neighborhood knew we were slugging it out. My mother wanted me to be a lady – poor thing, and she was so embarassed.

When Kid #2 arrived, Kid#1 was ecstatic. He wanted a puppy … but Kid#2 would do. He was the loving, doting elder brother, but could be a bully. Kid#2 knew instinctively that he could not match in size or strength so he became sly and whiney. One day, (when they were 9 and 1 years old respectively) Kid#1 came back from his Tae Kwon Do practise totally exhausted and passed out on the couch. Kid#2 crawled up to him and started punching him and trying to pull his hair, all the while gurgling and laughing away. He was in infant heaven. Yeah baby…. revenge is sweet


Ex left when Kid#2 was two years old. Kid#1 elected himself to be the Daddy figure and Kid#2’s total attitude was “WTF, he ain’t my Daddy and I am not going to listen to him” which led to total bloodshed. I never understood what the entire freak-out was about until recently when I saw similar dramas taking place between our two dogs. By the way the similarities between doggie sibling rivalries and young boy sibling rivalries can really be striking. I guess it stands to reason because we all, humans and dogs alike, want the same things—attention, praise, affection, tasty food … and we all get a little out of sorts when we don’t get those things or when we feel someone else is getting more than their fair share.

Kid#1 tried to pursuade me to drop Kid#2 on the floor when he was 10 days old – just to see what would happen. For one whole year, anything that broke in the house was because “Baby did it” even though junior could not walk. Calling each other useless,loser and a waste of space was kind of normal for them, and polite. The thing is that I got to be the good guy … until now. Now they gang up against me, and I dont even have any one to deflect the punches

Kid#2 : (Watching me play Spider Solitaire) Mom, you’re pretty good at this arent you?

Kid#1 : Yeah, she has all the time in the world at office – you know to look pretty and play Spider Solitaire, so plenty of practise

Kid#2 : (In pretend impressed tone) Nah, don’t you know our Mom is a blogger too

Kid#1 : What do you call it – working hard or hardly working?

Yeah whatever … why dont you guys go try to kill each other … and lemme play or blog?


5 thoughts on “Sibling Rivalry Part 2

  1. Oh they like my cooking Dipali, – but they want to even the score for all the fun I have had at their expense – fair is fair I guess … but I dont have to like it.

    Monika, IHM … the circle of life is it not ?

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