Sibling Rivalry

At my high school graduation, there were two people in the building who were seven-months pregnant: a classmate and my mom.

No, my last name is not Duggar.

Isn't there a rule against a pregnant mom wearing white to her daughter's HS graduation?

My baby sister Colleen was born two weeks before I left for college. At first, I didn’t take to the whole concept too well. It took a while to get over the shock that my parents still had relations. Ew. I was a total bitch when I had to miss Greek Weekend to come home for my sister’s baptism. (I was her Godmother.) And I was a bit put off that I rarely got calls from home my freshman year.

After a while, I came to my senses and realized that this little sibling was keeping my parents young. And that is not an easy feat while raising five kids on an electrician’s income.

Baby Colleen, Me and a Perm, 1985

While typically the youngest is in the shadows of the oldest, it is the other way around for us.

Compared to me, Colleen will always be hipper. More fashionable. More adventurous. More energetic. More optimistic. More patient with kids.

She will always be brighter-eyed. Less weathered. Less wrinkled.

She can pull off higher heels. Shorter skirts.

My mom's writing on the back: Colleen 3 days old, Karen 6,631 days old

She’ll forever be blonder, taller, thinner.

A lot thinner.

But there is just one thing I will always have that is impossible for her youth to obtain.

The cuter preschool picture.



Love you, sister!

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  1. Ginger

    Awww, poor Colleen. Is that a zit? LOL

  2. Lady Estrogen

    Oh, that photo made me laugh – too funny. You will always have that over her. My brother and I are 10 years apart – I left home “just” as he was getting interesting. lol.


  3. Poot

    I will always remember the stories about “Baby Oops” during our freshman year! Baby Oops actually babysat my kids later in life!!

  4. pamela

    OMG look at that angelic face! I was thirteen when my little brother was born. It was so awkward. I hate that we are not close :/

  5. Monique

    My youngest sister was born when I was 17, so I relate in a lot of ways. I love both preschool pictures!!
    Visiting from ICLW, thank you for stopping by my blog {and for the waxing suggestion, haha!!}.

  6. Deborah

    Here from ICLW – At least you have that to make you feel better! Haha. Did you end up close later in life, though? I hope so.

  7. Karen

    Yes, it is a zit! Poor thing. The preschool teachers didn’t even recognize her when the proofs came back. My mom did bring her in for re-takes and the photographer threw this photo in the garbage, so my mom asked for it back!

    Colleen is gorgeous now — inside and out.

  8. Karen

    Hi Deborah, Yes, we are close now — I just can’t whoop it up like she does!

  9. Laurie

    A 17 year difference? Wow. My mom had my youngest brother when I was 12. I remember being pissed at my parents because we were not in a good place financially. What the heck were they doing having another kid???

    Love that school pic of Colleen. It’s classic. Thanks for stopping by my blog for ICLW!

  10. Amy

    Hi Karen,

    You don’t know me, but I’ve been a faithful reader of your hilarious blog every since your sister Colleen told me about it a few months ago. Colleen is my son’s preschool teacher (for the second year in a row now). I love her.

    My twin sister and I were almost 13 when our brother was born. I also was mortified that my parents had had sex. How funny. My brother is now 25, and I’m so glad my parents “did it” that day, haha.

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Keep the stories coming!

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  12. A Field of Dreams

    That was brilliant. My sister is also thin but I definitely have the cuter pics!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.

    I just gave you a blogging award – go and check it out!

  13. Karen

    Thank you so much for following my madness, Amy! Please do not hold anything that I post against Colleen. (Especially topless photos of my husband!)

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