Brothers and Sisters Day

This day is celebrated May 2, but there are several, probably unrelated, holidays celebrated around siblings. There’s a Brother and Sister Day, created by “a woman who realized too late when her brother died, that she had never let him adequately know how much he meant to her.” We celebrate this on the last Saturday of March. There is also a Sibling Day, celebrated on April 10, a Sister’s Day, on the first Sunday of August, and a Brother’s Day on March 24. Whew! What a lot of days you can choose from to celebrate a sibling!

These days are meant especially for members of your family, but often it is the sisters and brothers we find as we leave home and go out into the world that can become closer than blood ties. Of course, we don’t always want to celebrate our siblings. There’s no one like a sister or brother to drive you crazy. I missed most of the really annoying things from my siblings because I was six years older than the next youngest. But I remember taking care of them when my mother was gone, and how unfair it felt when they did something wrong, but somehow it was all my fault. Oh well! Happily, things change as we get older and can laugh about the old times.

On the other hand, I’m much more like my brother who is much younger than I am. They used to call us twins that were born fourteen years apart. We are the democrats of a republican family. We are both writers. We at least used to like (and especially dislike) the same foods. The big difference is he’s smarter than me.

Anyway, today is a day to celebrate your siblings, whether they are biological or dear friends. Do let them know how much they mean to you. (Yes, that’s your homework for tonight!)

Quotes about brothers and sisters.

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.–Vietnamese Proverb

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.–Clara Ortega

We shared. Parents. Home. Pets. Celebrations. Catastrophes. Secrets. And the threads of our experience became so interwoven that we are linked. I can never be utterly lonely, knowing you share the planet.–Pam Brown

Back in time it seemed that having a sister were a tragedy. Instead it is one of the best presents my parents could have ever given me.–Sara Anzellotti

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.–Charles Schulz

If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.–Linda Sunshine

Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long.–Susan Scarf Merrell

I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.–James Boswell

I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.–Maya Angelou

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out his nose.–Garrison Keillor

Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.–Susan Scarf Merrell

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