Friends Like Family #SiblingStories #SiblingTalk #FriendsLikeFamily
Life becomes interesting sometimes in the most unexpected ways!
Imagine my surprise and apprehension when I, an only child, was invited by Ila Verma to be part of the #SiblingStories #SiblingTalk Blogging train in collaboration with the Brand Ang Tatva with 34 talented bloggers.
Thank you Gurjeet for your fun post about your many siblings – A world which sounds like so much fun and introducing me on your blog post.
Do Check out the next post in this Blog Train by the lovely Silja, who is a designer by profession, and connects with people through her writings on her blog – https://vijvihaar.wordpress.com
On to my story, I promise, it has a happy ending 😊
I am a typical extrovert (only) child – I will jump through every puddle, know every aunty and be friends with all pets in my vicinity!
I say AM, as I still AM pretty much the same.
I also have a talent for being invited when something yummy is being cooked, and am always offered Tea or Coffee, even in meetings where the Agenda clearly says, Water only! (ahem! Religious meetings 😉 )
Growing up, I was in and out of homes which overflowed with family members and siblings – but I was always, a guest, an outsider, a sweet pest of a child!
I always yearned for my own siblings – A sister and brother to play with, talk with, have secrets with! When my Aunt & Uncle moved in to live with us, along with their many children – I was overjoyed! Being the eldest, I automatically, wore the mantle of the responsible one & started planning to spend all my life playing and being with them! This was also the time I learnt to do chores for others (so far I’d been taught to take care & clean up after myself – now I learnt about taking care of younger ones).
Then came the Festival of Rakhi!
I woke up, all excited and dressed in a brand-new dress (I don’t remember what I wore, I just remember feeling all shiny & bright). I’d made a Rakhi myself, a first for me! (A DIY -Crafter I am not!) and stood in line to tie a Rakhi to my brother.
The Brother had a right wrist all decorated with Rakhis! And upon my turn, extended his left wrist to me, and said:
“Right hand wrist is for my REAL sisters, all others can tie on my Left”
That was the last time I ever attempted to tie a Rakhi to anyone.
Since this incident eons ago, I have been fortunate to meet and befriend people, who have loved and cared and been there for me as a real sibling would have been!
I am blessed to have found in my friends, my family! #FriendsLikeFamily
This Blog Train has given me the wonderful opportunity to read the beautiful stories and cherished memories of many others, who have siblings by blood and heart, and their experiences have resonated with me!
I don’t need REAL siblings to have the experience of Caring Siblings – Friends are the family we choose, and I have chosen wonderfully well, thanks to God’s Grace!
Everytime I am sad or want to cry – I have a Friend I can call upon.
Everytime I am happy and cheerful – I have a Friend I can call upon.
Everytime I want to eat gol gappas ….. well, I just have to think it, and my phone rings!
You can read about the lovely Ila’s own #SiblingStories here and check out the on-going series of other #SiblingStories here – I am sure you too shall re-live your own past shenanigans and fun times with all the #SiblingTalk! The train started on 7 October 2018 and will run till 9 Nov 2018.
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I’d love to read your sibling stories – leave me a comment below.