I am the oldest of…
Are you ready for this?
I’ve heard it all: “You have a whole sports team.” “You’re like the modern day Brady Bunch but more.”
When counting siblings, there are two girls and six boys. We fought, got along, and fought some more. That could be because we’re about two years apart in age.
When I was a teen, my life was filled with lots of hair-pulling, babysitting toddlers, oh, and more babysitting.
Now I’m 22 and the youngest of my siblings is 6.
It was common for people to ask me if my younger brothers and sisters were mine — as in my own children. I’d chuckle it off, but it annoyed me. Now that I’m on my own — in college with my own car and apartment — I still find time to be with my siblings.
I love each and everyone of them. I spend a lot of time with my youngest brother, Zachary (photographed above).
Even though we’re 16 years apart we still find plenty of fun places to go and things to do together.
For instance, since it’s summer I’ve been busy picking outdoor activities for us. It’s important for kids to be active.
A sampling of our outings:
1. Go swimming: We like to create our own pool games. Sometimes, my friends play along. One of our favorite games is “Sharks”. It’s where one person pretends to be a shark and the other is a fish or person swimming away. It’s like a game of tag but in the pool. We use pool bumper rafts to make things exciting.
2. Tour the Old Market. There’s always something out there for us to enjoy.
3. Go on a walk. Pick a destination and just walk and talk. Kids say the funniest things.
4. Watch movies or play a board game. It’s our favorite things to do on a gloomy day.
5. Have a cooking day. We pick a fun, easy recipe that he can help me in the kitchen make.
I’ll even ask him what he wants to do because kids have their own ideas. Chances are you can blend two ideas together that you can both agree on.
Shauna Brayman, 22, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this summer.
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