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Sibling relationships: The longest relationship in a person’s life

Phoolon ka taron ka sabka kehna hai
Ek hazaron mein meri behna hai
Saari umar humein sang rehna hai

Kishore Kumar

These beautiful and soulful lines by Kishore Kumar highlight the eternal bond of siblings. Relationship with our siblings is one of the most sacred and pure relationships in our life. 

I am sure you remember all the times you fought with your sibling for the remote of the TV, ate the last piece of chocolate, or hid each other’s favorite toys.

Siblings fight, love, scold, annoy, encourage, hug, shout and care for each other. This relationship sticks through thick and thin. The Strategy of convincing parents for a late-night party by covering up for each other requires a team effort. 

Our siblings are our secret keepers, gossip mongers, late-night movie and popcorn partner, prank partners and the daily dose of laughter. They bring fun to our childhood, sincerity and humility to adulthood, and support our old age. 

The relationship between siblings is the longest-lasting that people have in their lives. It is longer than their relationships with their children, parents, or partners (Dunn, 2018).

The sister ties Rakhi (sacred thread, bracelet) on her brother’s wrist as per Indian tradition, symbolizing her absolute faith in him and her prayers for his long life. On the other hand, brothers promise to uplift the happiness and protection throughout life. 

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This relationship is all about sugar and spice. Where you fight on the smallest of things and yet can’t imagine life without them, it’s like they join you the first and leave you the last. Childhood was fun because of them, and adulthood was bearable. They know you in and out, pick up your mood by the look on your face and know just what to do to cheer you up. 

In the words of Erica E. Goode, “Sibling relationships outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness, distance, warmth, loyalty, and distrust.” 

No distance, fights or anger can take away from this special bond. After reading this blog, hug your sibling if you live together or pick up the phone and tell them how much you love them. Tell them how much you love them and what they mean to you. They are our friend, guide, advisor, protector and teacher, all roles wrapped into this beautiful being called a sibling.

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