When school started, my "job" took on a new dimension. I still remember being called to the door of my 3rd grade classroom and seeing a forlorn little guy with a trembling chin. Wondering what could have possibly happened before noon on a Monday, I asked him what was wrong. His voice came in a whisper, "I forgot my lunch money!" Well, if it involves food, I'm there, so I lent him some of my stash.
Then my sister came along. Since my brother isn't that into nurturing, I had to take over for her protection, too. I got called out of class to rescue a teacher from her assault in her pre-kindergarten class (yes, you read that right!). I also got called to the office one day. Mentally checking over my recent list of misdeeds, I decided none of them were worth a trip to the office. Sure enough when I got there, I found my sister leaning over the office trash can. "Oh, she does this all the time!" I assured them. "She missed her breakfast, and she gets an upset stomach when she does that." The teachers rushed to the teacher's lounge for a doughnut, and my sister looked up long enough to give me the look.
Somewhere during high school, things changed a bit. I'm sure I was just as bossy with my siblings as ever, but I realized that maybe I needed them, too. Who knew my little brother had a sixth sense about the guys I liked or that my baby sister could help me out in social situations or with decorating? Somehow we had become best friends without any of us even thinking about it. My parents had instilled in us that friends come and go and few of them stick for life, but siblings are there for you forever.
Now, when I see my daughter