Stories of Siblings

Sometimes, you hear a prologue on This American Life that reminds you that, as unique as we are as individuals on this pale blue dot, we share many of the same experiences. I suppose that’s the purpose of the show, and they nailed it in the prologue of “Regrets, I’ve Had a Few.”

While listening to it, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the many instances of bickering with my big sister, when she would do all sorts of mean things for no reason, like dump water on my head in the paddling pool, pour sand down my bathing suit, throwing things at one another—yunno, the usual. The prologue tells a similar story, that I think many of us from sibling families can relate to:


My dad burned a few baby videos to a CD for me when I was in college (remember when burning stuff onto CDs was a thing?), and to my sister’s horror, he included some of the most ridiculous Misbehaving Big Sister footage he had. The family laughs about it now, but she still seems to feel a bit guilty about it. (If you’re reading, your are forgiven sis.) 😉

These past couple of have been so busy, I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to podcasts as I’d like. And, of those that I have heard, I haven’t felt like I could genuinely relate to them, as entertaining as they were. This slice of life story was a refreshing reminder of the talented team on TAL.

“Redhill Garden – June 2012 – More Bickering Starlings” by Gareth Williams is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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