I am one of ten kids. And that is honestly the first thing that comes to mind about ten. So here are ten things (hopefully! I’m racing the clock here) about being one of ten.
- You learn quickly to tune things out if you want to read. I once tuned out a kitchen timer, somewhere around the age of 10 probably, and my mom came into the room asking why I hadn’t done something about it or taken the food out. Oops.
- You get stuck on buying clothes at the thrift store. Not because you have to anymore (and actually I didn’t do it much then because hand-me-downs) but because it’s a treat to pick out your own clothes and it turns out frugal’s in your blood now.
- It becomes normal to walk around in a big group of short people. –>Ok. That was my five minutes. But I want to finish the list anyway because it could be fun :)
- You have to figure out how to only cook for one or two people once you’re on your own so you don’t end up with years of leftovers accidentally. Related: Buying things in bulk is a habit you have to lose so expiration dates can be heeded.
- Personality differences and types can be clearly illustrated within the bounds of your family. But that may also mean you assume most of the world is introverted and extraverts are actually the minority (those oddballs.).
- Sharing food as an adult can be stressful because as kids it was always a competition to see who could get more of the goodie being split. I am learning to assume my husband wants me to have good things too instead of assuming he’s out to eat more and it’s a race. Odd things you realize when sharing a dessert stresses you out internally.
- Laundry and dishes are a battle only won with extreme organization and dedication. There’s always a pile to get through. This sometimes translates into waiting a long time to do dishes or laundry as an adult because it’s not worth it if you don’t have enough for a full load. About that… :)
- You get really happy when you’re away at school and you get a birthday card with all your siblings signatures in it for the first time in your life. But that might have more to do with my love of written affirmation.
- As one of the oldest of the group you always have someone wanting to play with you or begging for attention. Whether you want it or not.
- You can pool your money with siblings to get another sibling a super-cool gift. Which sometimes lasts for decades. Hello, my older sister’s stereo/cd player. :)
And that is a lovely random list for you.
How many siblings do you have?