Like me, Twitter may have told you today that it is National Siblings Day (thanks, Twitter). Maybe you have siblings and spared a thought for those goofballs. As for me, blogging inspiration struck (thanks, goofballs – alright, fine, I’m the silliest of us all)! Here’s the thing…In my totally biased opinion, my siblings are the best. In the world. Why? For starters, we share a similar sense of humor, they’re both great people, and there’s the fact that I can always count on them. Our relationship can probably be boiled down to these two points:
- When we were kids, our parents would occasionally have to come up with a ‘no talking rule’ at the dinner table because an hour+ into dinner we’d still be chatting and giggling at stories with each other (but it was a school night and there were things to be done).
- To this day, when we play Mario Party, we play with a collective goal – make sure none of us comes in last and the computer player loses. Everybody wins.
Of course, that’s not to say we don’t have our disagreements – it’s not all dinner chats and playing nicely! We do hit some snags now and then. But really, what compelling sibling relationship doesn’t?
But that’s the beautiful part – it doesn’t matter. Whatever happens, at the end of the day we’ve got each other’s backs.
But then National Sibling Day got me thinking about siblings in pop culture. Reminiscing back to shows I grew up with, books I love, movies, etc., I’ve come the realization that the world of storytelling is sadly lacking in siblings of three (which is a gold mine of narrative opportunity, really). Characters tend to jump from only child, to one brother or sister, to Weasley status.
And there’s nothing wrong with that; there are fantastic stories featuring those dynamics! I mean, you’ve got everything from Sherlock Holmes and Thor to Rocket Power (weren’t 90’s cartoons the best?), to the Boxcar Children, Pride and Prejudice, The Chronicles of Narnia, and so on and so forth. All 0, 1, or 4+ siblings. Sure, it tends to work out fairly well as the protagonist forms a trio or group with best friends (two of which we can safely say will inevitably enter a romantic relationship). However, there are a few exceptions I’ve managed to pinpoint…
In the cartoon world, there’s the Simpsons, the Belchers, and the Incredibles (you know, there really aren’t many siblings at all in Disney movies). Sitcoms seem to be the most common place to find the family with three kids; Modern Family, Boy Meets World, Full House, The Middle, Even Stevens, and probably a few more. Now in books, the only trio that jumps out at me are the ever unfortunate Baudelaire children. There must be others, though…
It’s interesting to me that I’ve never come across any sibling group of characters that exactly mirrors my own family’s sibling gender/order (boy, girl, girl). Who knows? Maybe I’ll write that some day. If you have a sibling, you probably know what a huge influence brothers and sisters have on your life. Mine make me laugh and inspire me all the time with their antics and the way they see the world. I truly can’t imagine a life without them!
…But let’s be real, we all know the true point here is as follows: It’s time to unite to do something about this woeful underrepresentation the middle child!
Have siblings of your own that you can’t imagine life without? Any you connect with certain characters? Have a favorite sibling duo, trio, clan team that I’ve forgotten? Leave a comment and spread the sibling love! Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…