While growing up an only child definitely had its perks — think undivided attention, the entire back seat during car trips, forced independence and maturity, and strong imagination development — I always felt like there was something missing, and I still do today.
Growing up, I listened as my close circle of girlfriends — all of whom have older brothers three years our senior — would complain about fighting with their brother over something like having to sit in the undesirable seat in the car (the one behind Dad with less leg room) or that they got pummeled to the floor over whose turn it was to play with the one Game Boy in the house (another perk: I had my own; it was see-through purple and amazing) — and it would make me jealous that they even had someone to fight with.
The times I really felt the jealousy, though, were when I'd be over at one of their houses, and I'd see the tender moments between siblings. How fun it was for them to always have someone to play with and bounce ideas off of. I spent Summer afternoons at the pool with my cousins, praying that someone would mistake us all for siblings so that I could feel part of something, and I would write stories in my head about the most amazing big brother or the cutest little sister and all of our adventures together.
Needless to say, the cons well outweighed the pros for me when it came to being an only child, and these 13 things are just a few of the reasons.
- There was no one to ever blame anything I did wrong on, like forgetting to unload the dishwasher or letting my markers leak through white paper into the wood table (sorry, Mom).
- I had no one who would truly understand to complain to about my parents. Yeah, all parents are alike, but I wanted to talk about my parents with someone else who shared them with me — our parents.
- An older sibling would have carved a path in life that I could have either emulated or learned from.
- A sibling's friends would mean new friends for me, and who doesn't like new friends?
- Even when I could finally get an adult to agree to play with me, their imagination was the worst. I needed a little mind like mine to dream up magic worlds and new games with.
- There would never have been a dull moment in the house. You can only pretend your stuffed animals are alive and talking to you for so long.
- A brother would have been a protector, someone to give me insight into the other half of the world, someone to beat up all of my ex-boyfriends.
- A sister would have been a partner in crime, someone to share clothes with (and fight about said clothes with), to talk about boys late at night with when we thought our parents weren't listening (they would have been).
- I think I would be a much more patient person if I had to deal with sharing and fighting with a sibling. Alas, I am kind of impatient.
- Some of the pressure to be successful and intelligent would have been shaved off the surface and shared with others, which would have made things go a little smoother for me on report-card day.
- I constantly make fun of the characters that are my parents, and let's just say my comments and sarcasm don't always go over so well. It would have been nice to call in for backup once in a while.
- When the unthinkable happens and I need to say goodbye to my parents, I will carry the burden and sadness on my own.
- Friends come and go, but a sibling is tied to you forever — they have to put up with your crap; it's part of the deal.
I think a part of me will always long for the versions of siblings I've created in my head, people who look and act a little like me. I have grown to accept that the closest I might ever get to being called someone's sister is if my future husband has a sibling, but it makes me truly sad to know that I'll never have the real thing. A sibling is like a built-in best friend, so if you have one, tell them what they mean to you, because maybe not everyone would agree with me, but I think you were given one of life's greatest gifts.
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I know, I know, I’m like ten years late to this show. But come on its the best show there is, bring Greek back 2018. The whole show centers around the life of college students and as we college students we can relate to almost everything that happens in the show. The girl drama, the boy drama, the will they won’t they and the fun times that are had. Throughout the show there are different couple pairings that involve all the main characters. Some are good and some are not so good, so here they are ranked by yours truly.
10. Rebecca and Cappie
Sorry guys, I know there were some that liked them. But Cappie dating the girl who hated Casey just is too much for me. Plus, they didn’t match really, the rich girl and the hippie guy. Come on this was pretty bad.
9. Evan and Frannie
This was just a way for Evan to get back at Casey and for Frannie to get that life that she always wanted with the rich boy. This obviously was doomed from the start since it was practically a transaction for the both of them. And Even cheated on someone…again.
8. Ashleigh and Simone The Professor
This was a short lived and somewhat awkward situation. Ashleigh started dating Casey’s law professor, who has this thing with paying for everything. At first it seemed like the perfect relationship for Ashleigh but then he started trying to control where she went and it was see you later professor.
7. Casey and Evan
I know they were the IT couple and just perfect for each other, but he was a jerk to her. And yes, after he cheated she did stay with him just for the benefits. But I mean he stole her from Cappie and continued to try to keep them apart. They were both just wrong for each other.
6. Ashleigh and Fisher
They were the secret romance that came into the light and then it went downhill from there. They seemed perfect for one another, but then he cheated again and again and again. But they are married in real life, so that is kind of perfect.
5. Calvin and Heath
We saw Calvin work through all the different types of college relationships, but he always came back to Heath. They met during the very first episode and made it through break ups and everything. So they deserved a spot on this list.
4. Casey and Max
Honestly Max was the sweetest thing ever. He was the hot dork that everyone wanted to love and he even gave up Cal tech for Casey! But sadly, their relationship couldn’t last when Casey finally realized that she was still in love with Cappie. Leaving Max heartbroken and off to England.
3. Dale and the land lady
I know you’re thinking why is so low, but it’s because good ole dale needs to be on here and this was his major relationship. This was the one that changed his world and made a man as one would say. So as far as relationships go, this one was big.
2. Rebecca and Evan
They both deserved one another. Yes, as the seasons went on Rebecca became more and more likeable and Evan not so much. But they are too alike to not be together, both came from the same background and they just got one another. Yeah Evan messed it up and hurt her, but they were great when they were together
1.Cappie and Casey
I mean come on guys, this was a given. Most of the show was centered around them and their on and off relationship. They were each other’s first love and they never stopped loving one another. They were so perfect for one another and finally realized it. They even drove off into the sunset together.
So, there were a lot more relationships on the show from the background ones, to the ones with people whose names no one remembers. But these are the top ones. So, here’s to me being ten years to the GREEK party and finally seeing why it was such a hit in the first place. Bring Greek back 2018!