The Olympics always make me a bit nostalgic for my siblings. We watched it together growing up, and we have particularly sentimental memories of being all together during the 2008 summer Olympics, our mother’s final summer and final Olympics. In honor of that sense of togetherness, today’s Monday Quotes are all about the power of siblinghood.
“Is Jase already going to marry you?”
I start coughing again. “Uh. No. No, George. I’m only seventeen.” As if that’s the only reason we aren’t engaged.
“I’m this many,” George holds up four slightly grubby fingers. “Jase is seventeen and a half. You could. Then you could live in here with him. And have a big family.”
Jase strides back into the room, of course, midway through this proposition. “George. Beat it. Discovery Channel is on.”
George backs out of the room, but not before saying, “His bed’s really comfortable. And he never pees in it.”
The door closes and we both start laughing. –Samantha and Jase and his little brother George,
“The Sky Is Everywhere” by Jandy Nelson:
My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy. — Lennie about her sister Bailey
“I’ll Be There” by Holly Goldberg Sloan:
For him and his brother, he now knew, that music was real. Becuase all you had to do, really, was be willing to use your imagination. And listen. –Sam and Riddle
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins:
How could I leave Prim, who is the only person in the world I’m certain I love?
Time and tragedy have forced her to grow too quickly, at least for my taste, into a young woman who stitches bleeding wounds and knows our mother can hear only so much.
There’s something else there as well, something entirely her own. An ability to look into the confusing mess of life and see things for what they are. –Katniss thinking about Prim
“The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater:
It’s only because I’ve lived with brothers that I realize, after a moment, that he’s not looking outside but rather inside, wrestling with something inside himself. And there’s nothing for it but to wait. –Puck. It’s not about her brother, but I love how having brothers helps her deal with the enigmatic Sean