I grew up the youngest of 3 sisters, followed very closely by 2 younger brothers. I don't think my sisters were as impacted by the double standard lifestyle that my parents practiced as much as I was. My sisters were programmed to 'do it all', because they were 'older.'
I admit that I often stepped back and allowed my sisters to handle tasks that I was perfectly capable of. They didn't want me to wear something wrinkled to church, so they made me de-robe so that they could iron it. Wink, wink. Yep, I was that lazy, younger sister, who knew if I didn't - they would.
Marie, 2 years older than me, was an early riser. She embraced that role. Yuck. You wouldn't catch me out of bed before my alarm for anything unless it was mandated. As a result, Marie made our lunches starting in junior high. She probably unloaded the dishwasher each morning too, I was sound asleep so I don't recall.
|Me @1986. Not sure why |
I didn't date in high school?
'Jammers' were in, but these
were cheap knock
there are no
photos of my unloading
Ann is the same sister that stopped by my house when my kids were really little and 'tsk, tsk-ed' at me for leaving my baking sheets in the sink vs having them scrubbed and put away, and for having smudges on my refrigerator. She was very pleased with herself when she taught Mini how to get out the 'squirt' aka Windex, and spray the fridge and wipe it down with a paper towel. Mini was about 4 years old.
They were close to my age and I saw the tasks at hand more as age appropriate vs. gender specific.
My sisters and I bought our own milk at the cafeteria in high school. The minute Pat - followed the next year by Mike, started attending high school, our folks started to give them milk money. They were 'boys' after all. They were athletes. They needed their milk - and one carton was never enough for them. They also didn't work during the school year, because of sports. I guess the girls were expected to have milk money on hand, because we held down jobs during the school year. All three of us babysat in addition to working fast food or grocery store jobs.
Is your blood boiling yet?