“You girls always get along so well, don’t you?”
My sisters and I greet this frequent comment with wry smiles. The irony is that there’s some truth in it, and I think much of it has to do with being home schooled. Oh, we’ve certainly had our share of quarrels, some of them rather heated (I recall a particular incident involving a belt buckle and my ear…), but they haven’t hindered the sisterly bond that’s developed over the years.
The point is not our lack of arguments but the closeness of our friendship. My sisters are my best friends; I would honestly rather spend my day with them than with anyone else. Although it is certainly not the rule, this intimate bond seems to develop easily among home schooled siblings. It makes sense too. Spend the vast majority of your days with the same people and you will most likely end up with at least a few things in common.
This is not to imply that siblings who aren’t home schooled will never be close. However, in the same way that public school students develop close friendships with their classmates, home schoolers get close to their classmates. It just so happens that their classmates are also their siblings.
Whether you’re a home schooler or not, what’s your favorite memory with your siblings?