Through the year kids grow up, many of which have younger siblings. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Scout’s brother Jem grows up before she does. Due to his maturity, he leaves Scout out many time because he thinks that she is not mature enough. I try to explain what the siblings would feel from childhood and playing with each other to growing up, making decisions,fighting, an also the relationship they would have during this. Try to picture yourself as the older sibling going though it all.
Remember a time when you could escape with just your imagination Every day was like a new adventure, and every fight had an easy solution. That was your childhood, a time that you had to share with your younger sibling.
You would play with your younger sibling every day, and tell them every thing because he was your best friend.Your relationship was unbreakable, or at least that’s what you thought. There was one problem that would soon become bigger, you started to grow up.
The BIG Decision
As you started to grow you had to make one of the biggest decisions of your life. You could grow up and leave your sibling behind, or you could stay a child along with your younger sibling. So you weigh your options. On one hand you could stay a kid forever and have fun with your best friend everyday; on the other hand you can grow up, lose your best friend, but make more friends that you can relate to.
So you decide to grow up. You become filled with new responsibilities and decisions. You make new friends and get a new best friend. You forget your childhood and start thinking of your future. Though you know there’s another thing that you’ve forgotten… Your sibling.
What he feels
Your sibling watches you as you grow, and play with your new friends. He feels as if you’ve replaced him, but he can’t replace you. As you go out with your friends, he only wishes that he had the same kind of privileges you have to go out and enough friends to go out with.
You feel like your sibling is always bugging you. They want to hang around with you but you don’t want to hang around with them. You start to find them more annoying everyday, and instead of seeing your childhood best friend you only see an annoying tattle telling cry baby.
You get to a point where you cant stand your annoying sibling, so you do the only thing you can think of doing.. Fight. Since you are bigger you always win, but there is a big problem. Since you are the oldest you are expected to be the mature one and know not to fight, as a result you get punished the most.
You feel like you can’t tell him anything anymore, he either wont understand it or you know it will lead to a fight. As a result he doesn’t tell you anything either, and you become very distant. You start to lose the last thing you have with your sibling, trust without which you have no relationship.
It gets to the point where he has new friends now. He doesn’t even see you any more, because its either you are with your friends or he is with his. He doesn’t even even seem to be a sibling to you anymore, he’s just a person you live with. You have grown so distant.
But then… he starts to grow up also. You start to have trust in him again and he has trust in you. Your relationship is even greater than before, and you are so close that you don’t even fight anymore.
As a younger sibling myself I have learned to be more considerate of my older Brother. It was interesting to see through the eyes of the older sibling. I am glad that he’s not mad for having to put up with me all these years. I hope that other people will see this an also think of being more considerate to their siblings whether it be younger or older.
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