Friday, August 3, 2012

Sibling Rivalry to the End

I know this makes me sound anti-American but I don't particularly car for the Olympics.  When I'm watching the events I feel like I'm watching gym class. So I avoid it.  

That said, this week's Red Writing Hood prompt was "Going for the Gold", with our choice of three different Olympic-themed challenges.  I chose the 100 meter Sprint in which I have 100 words to write on conflict, competition or game. 

We weren't raised to be competitive. My folks really didn't care what we did with our lives. Even so, my Mom said my sister always felt the need to compete against me. Because life dealt her a bad hand, she competed by taking family and friends away no matter what she had to say to do so.

When my brother's married, they and their wives continued the attacks. The lies, the betrayal, the ostracizing. I tried to make them stop but the competition continues to this day. Despite how far I move or try to avoid them – it continues.


  1. Ouch. That sucks. Makes me wonder what people see that they need to compete like that with family. Great job on the prompt.

  2. Very nice response to the prompt! I think there's a reason that sibling rivalry goes all the way back to Cain and Abel. There's something about that relationship that can be very good or very bad...sometimes both at the same time!

  3. Sucks eggs, definitely. Family is supposed to rally around you, not force your back to the wall. They'll learn if and when they want to change, but unfortunately not before. Just be secure in the knowledge that it isn't you and try not to get wrapped up in their games.

  4. I agree ouch! I don't understand family dynamics like that, but understand more and more how bad some others have it. Good job!

  5. While I don't have family like that, I know plenty of people like that. It's definitely no fun, but I can't imagine if my siblings were like that.

    I'm stopping in via Write on Edge.

  6. So sad. It's sad how often family rival with each other. Sad, but it's true. Loved the flow of the piece too.


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