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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Loved your posts Ishieta…eyes turned moist on the Rakhi incident. The siblings both by blood and heart is a must to share sweet n sour experiences.
This is my first read at your space. Liked your reading style. “Friends are the family we choose, and I have chosen wonderfully well” Loved these lines.
I have three sisters but I also have a collection of sibling-friends… a few cherished sisters, as well as a most delightful brother. There is nothing better than sharing life with this extended family of friends.
It indeed is a blessing to have siblings but a greater blessing when friends turn siblings. I have both siblings and friends who are as good as my siblings. Great read.
Uh Oh! You’d have felt really bad. But yes, friends can be taken as siblings too 🙂
Somewhere i can relate myself with you. My ups & down because of elders misunderstanding never allowed me to celebrate rakhi with cousin siblings. So where situation teach me that true siblings are those who loves you & there for you…. it doesn’t means the people who comes in blood relation of somehow relatives. …
Very well narrated. Wonderful.
That’s a nice story. I do think we can choose friends to become family. My sister and I live on different continents and I am so grateful I have friends here who treat me like family.
I agree with you we sometime and somewhat always find family in friends …you are blessed
What a warm and bubbly post Ish- this is just so like you! You get enthusiastic and happy about everything – a rare trait and I hope you experience more joy than grief through it 🙂
Wow!! Love teh story. So happy for you. I was a little worried for you as teh ending was not going towards being happy…. but so happy that you have Freinds like a family.
This is such a heartwarming post. Growing up years couldn’t have been easy without sibblings. The small fights and the celebration of small success. Your post brought memories.
Amazing and beautiful post. Fascinating sibling stories collections. This is so memorable post. Great thoughts.
A different perspective for the prompt. I love the way you have highlighted how friends also end up being family and are no less than a sibling.
the incident was heartbreaking but the best part you have taken it in a positive way. heart bond does not need any thread to bind each other
I could very well relate to ur post..my brother also had right hand for us and other cousins used to tie on left..brothers are very possessive
Didiiiiiii! My heart sank reading that right wrist left wrist part… I want to make a rakhi for you and tie it on your right hand coming raksha bandhan, because you are the best older sister!
I completely understand your thoughts on this subject. Being an only child myself ive been through similar situations around rakhi however cousins made up for it
I was quite hurt when the left hand was given to tie Rakhi, and I’m sure your sentiments would have got hurt too. But glad that you have some amazing relations around you.
I felt so sad when left hand was extended to you. Glad u have good friends who double up as family.
I don’t have any siblings but I totally understand what you expressed here. I am quite emotional after reading this.
Siblings are blessing i feel. It feels so great when you are surrounded with yoyr loved ones
My eyes turned moist reading your article and it reminded me of a similar and never to forget incident with my cousin who refused to put his arm in front of me and said I’m not his REAL sister. I cried a lot and that incident left an imprint on my mind. I did not tie rakhi to any of my cousins since then. It’s is true that our friends can be our family ..it’s important whom we are comfortable with and it doesn’t have to be blood relations.
So heartfelt post. I can feel your pain. But yes, sometimes friends can be taken as family.
You really can find love like a sibling in friendsamy times and I feel lucky having both …you have so perfectly written
Siblings are really blessing .. Same for me without them my Every festival is incomplete… You are lucky too
Siblings are indeed friends you can depend upon, friends who are there when you need them, friends who will go out of their way to solve your problems… loved the post for expressing this truth honestly.
I love the way you have expressed your thoughts . Friends is not just a family, its a bond which makes you feel stronger. Your story have touched my heart. Keep posting such beautiful articles.
Siblings are our first friends and we create some really special memories with them. I do agree with you that good friends have the power to be family too.
You are such a cute darling, Ish. So no wonder you have many friends as your family. And you may adopt me as your strict elder sister though.
Sweetness overload, just like you. I read somewhere as a child, God gave us relatives, thank god we could chose our friends”
Ha ha! So good to be here on your blog after aeons. <3
oh I felt so bad when the left hand was thrusted towards u. But u r one lucky soul who have good friends to give u company whenever needed.
Well friends are certainly like family. I too have siblings but share some really fond memories with my childhood friends as well. Loved reading your post.
Suxh a Amazing post so true that siblings are real friends and that’s why I too love to write on siblings n hence I too participated in the Train
That’s a beautiful post about looking family in friends. I too agree that sometimes our friends who are very close becomes like our family.
I completely agree. When you have friends who are like siblings, you dont need anyone else. Good friends are like family.
Wow, great story. My siblings are my best friends, Theys are always there for me. I can so much relate myself to it.
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st it was just amazing, I was soooo able to relate with the same, and yes sometimes friends do feel as of they are the family, loved each and every point mentioned thank you for sharing
Loved the post it was just amazing, I was soooo able to relate with the same, and yes sometimes friends do feel as of they are the family, loved each and every point mentioned thank you for sharing
Siblings have a great part in our life and so do friends and when you have both it’s a great to celebrate all together.
A lovely articulation was of what happened between the two of you, I miss having a brother, but just like you I have some wonderful friends.
I’m glad I came across your blog through this blog train. Loved the post.
What a beautiful thought – friends like family. I loved your perspective and enjoyed your account!
While having siblings is great, having wonderful friends is like getting to choose your siblings. I’m glad that you have friends like those. The Rakhi incident is quite touching. And I know exactly how it hurts
I have always believed that friends are the siblings we chose for ourselves. Loved reading your post.
In just a few words you touched a chord…The Rakhi incident pinches hard. But , so happy you have friends who are like family. Enjoyed reading your post!
Rakhi is something that we don’t have in our part of the country! (Kerala). How I wish I could celebrate that festival with my family!!
this is so well said, friends are like siblings too. some of them are really close to us and are literally family to us.
I had a smile on my face through out while I was reading this post. Very well drafted post. From missing your sibling to finding them in your friends, I loved the way you expressed your feelings.
Glad to know you have special friends you can call family.It’s the bond of heart and not blood that touches so many lives in a different way.
oh that was quite a saddening experience that happened with on rakhi but glad that you found friends that are more than siblings.
Sometimes a little incident changes our perspective for good. I liked the way you expressed in this post.
MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts
Loved your post dear.. the rakhi incident make my eyes moist. And happy to know about ur extended family of friend.. indeed an amazing read.
The rakhi moment made me sad but happy to read on that you found the happiness with friends. Stay blessed
That was a wonderful post by you. Felt sorry for the person who did’nt understand the meaning to have siblings. Though hands dont matter while tieing rakhi, the concern for each other is the thing that matter. If he really cares for you, he will come back else as you said, you have better friends who are more than siblings.