Moving On

Graduation is often a time of happiness, of moving forward and becoming an adult. However, for some it is tinged with the sorrow of having to say goodbye to people who have been through everything with them, their sisters and their brothers, who are also their best friends. But it’s not as tragic for some. Many siblings get to have the bathroom to themselves, or finally have a bedroom of their own. “I didn’t really miss my sister at first, but now I do,” Kendra Paskvan, a sophomore at Dimond, said. Paskvan says now that her sister is gone she has a lot more household chores to do, but on the upside the house is much quieter. “It seems that most people start to appreciate their siblings a lot more after they have gone,” Marion Woods, a sophomore, said. Woods doesn’t have any siblings of her own; however, she has friends who have been affected by their brother or sister leaving. Some might complain about their siblings, how they are annoying, or loud. But as the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone. Many people find themselves longing for their brother’s or sister’s company after they have left for college. They become closer to them, Woods said, and want to be with them more often. Paskvan says, since her sister left they have much richer conversations over the phone. “I don’t miss my siblings that much,” sophomore Bobbye Pendleton says, showing the different views siblings have on the absence of their elders. “I get the bathroom all to myself now,” she said. Isabel Mills, a sophomore, has had step-siblings who have left for college. “I don’t really miss them very much because they didn’t live at the same house,” she said. “But I get to go to cool places now to visit them,” she adds with a chuckle. “ I do miss her a lot,” Kade Bissel, says commenting on his sister who left for college this year. “I get a lot more attention from my parents, which isn’t always a good thing,” Bissel said. Those who have not left yet can imagine what it might be like for their little sister or brother when they leave. “I’m sure my little brother [Jack] will be traumatized when I leave, because if I had an older sibling as awesome as I was, I would be heartbroken,” Ellie Asay, a sophomore, comments humbly.