I have spent the greater part of my life living amongst women, growing up with 4 other sisters, going to boarding school and sharing rooms/dorms with females only. Even though we were out of our parents’ home at a fairly early age, my four sisters and I always got together over the school and university holidays, and these were most definitely some of my happiest days. Staying up until all parts of the morning and catching up on all the exciting things happening in each other’s lives. Of course having 5 daughters and wife in one house could not have been easy for my father, yet somehow he survived- triumphantly so- as we truly are ‘Daddy’s girls’. Spending this amount of time with my sisters has taught me many things:
- You are almost always going to find underwear hanging in the bathroom.
- When you have this many sisters, 2 of which are about the same size as you, you have an extensive wardrobe to choose from.
- When you have this many sisters, 2 of which are about the same size as you, you are probably going to find some of your favourite items of clothing ‘missing’
- With regard to clothing, some rules did apply, a new piece had to be worn by the purchaser first, before any of the other sisters could loan it for an allocated time.
- Matchy- Matchy clothing were a big NO NO! Whoever see’s it first, gets to take it!
- You were allowed to make fun of your other sisters’ strange habits or features… BUT… if anyone else pointed them out or made fun of the same thing, you automatically turn into attack dog ready to tear that person to shreds.
- “Don’t worry, I’ll keep this for you” meant that you were unlikely to see the item ever again.
- ‘The Hiroshima bomb’- this was when ‘that time of the month’ was being experienced by two sister’s simultaneously. It often involved tears, marching off to respective rooms only to be followed by mum or dad… and a few minutes later… it was as if nothing had happened.
- Food… was a sensitive area in our house, and a few phrases were coined related to food: ‘Steak Cheeks’ (when all of my mum’s steak filling was eaten by one particular person), and being a family that enjoyed food, we also developed the ’The-who-ate-my-breakfast- look’ which is given with a glare and pout that very few can actually pull off- and most recently ‘Fish-market-face’… think about it 😉
- We were very fortunate; we got to go on holidays with our best friends every holiday! And we get to be best friends for the rest of our lives 🙂
Knowing this you can now understand how being the only female in my home leaves me feeling … a little unsettled you could say.
The past few years living with a husband and 2 bubbly boys has taught me a thing here and there:
- Be aware of the area you are about to take a seat in, there is almost always going to be some form of sharp object (sword/gun/stick/pencil) angled perfectly to cause the maximum amount of pain or discomfort to the person taking a seat.
- Try not to look into the cracks between the seats of your couches, make sure it gets cleaned out on daily basis, BUT do not attempt to figure out what food or foods have been stashed there or the length of time it has been there.
- A hand vacuum is a home appliance that you simply cannot live without. Close your eyes, aim, and suck!
- Your pantry is a sacred place that will need to be restocked more often than you can imagine. If not, you may hear comments like,” Muummmm, there’s no snacks! What must we eat?” as if you had not fed them for an entire week. Take note that ‘’Muuuuummmm” is often used interchangeably with “ Biiibiiiiii”
- If there is something you need to use for an alternative purpose, for example, a certain chocolate for baking, this item DOES NOT ENTER THE PANTRY! You will have to find a hiding place for this item as once it enters the pantry it becomes common property and can be consumed by any in-house resident.
- Handy Andy will remove almost anything from walls, couches, mirrors, cupboard doors etc. (note I said ‘almost’ anything).
- No one will ever claim responsibility for bathroom incidents. Your best bet is to threaten, which sometimes works to bring the guilty party to admission.
- Your kitchen cutlery and crockery will inevitably be used in imaginative play (pirate games) regardless of how many toys your children have in the toy room.
- Your make up and perfumes should never be in view of or accessible to the children, trust me, I have taken a nap a woken to find a fully ‘painted’ face!
- Pay attention when brushing your hair… you will be amazed by the things you find falling out!
Growing up with girls has obviously shaped who I am as a person, and I am truly grateful for the men in my life (especially my mini men). You would think that having four other sisters would provide me with enough girly-ness in my life… but it seems that isn’t the case… I am starting to feel the lack of ‘pink’ around here…