A houseful of girls can drive you crazy. Growing up with sisters had its drawbacks, but it really had its rewards. My sisters provided valuable insight to me being a man. Here are my five key points in having all four siblings as girls.
Household Chores– In our house, the girls did the cooking, cleaning, laundry and all the other day to day activities of the house. As a boy and the only boy, I was able to convince them to do any of my chores with little ease. All I had to worry about was cutting the grass in the summer and taking a bag of trash out every now and then.
Girl Prospective– All four of my sisters were older. I was the youngest and the only boy. I was able to watch their responses to any situations involving boys/men. I learned by hearing their cries what I should and shouldn’t do to my girlfriends or at the least how not to get caught like their boyfriends did.
Gossip– this had to be the absolute worst. All I ever heard about what was this one did to that one, who was trying to date that one and YAK YAK YAK. They were forever on the phone. It was easier for me to ride my bike to a friend’s house if I wanted to talk to them.
Girl Power– That’s what I refer to as never being able to use the bathroom in my house. We grew up in a one bathroom house. With four sisters who had mirrors in their room, but somehow always wound up in the bathroom is beyond me. I learned early on not to question it and more so not to touch one of the million pieces of make-up, hair stuff or anything else they left scattered around the bathroom.
Spoiled– Yes, I really was spoiled as the only boy and as the youngest. I got away with a lot at home because it was the girls’ job to keep the house up and to make sure supper was ready. I also was able to get extra allowance because the girls went out on dates or to school functions long before I was old enough to do anything like that.
I don’t regret growing up with all sisters; I only wish that all the girly bickering and gossip would have stopped once we were grown. Sisters will always be sisters and I don’t think there is anything I could do to change it so I have just learned to ignore most of the banter. In the end, they are my sisters and nothing can change that.