Being 18, 25 or even 40 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re mature and there’s plenty of evidence that you’re not an adult. When you spend time with your brothers and sisters, certain reflexes come back instinctively and you can’t help pissing off your family like when you were 12. It’s normal, it’s the law of siblings.
1. Remind your parents of all his bullshit
When you go to spend a few days with your parents and your brothers and sisters are there, you know it’s time to bring out all the nonsense they may have done. The goal is to talk about it as a distant anecdote that will make everyone laugh but in reality, you know it will cause chaos.
2. Leaving your room with the door open
If you’re an only child, you’ve probably never known this moment: you’re in your room quietly vibrating when suddenly your brother comes in and stares at you without doing anything. After a while, he does a little dance and knocks the contents off your shelf before leaving, turning off the light and leaving the door open.
3. Fighting to get to the front in the car
No matter how old you are, spending a car trip in the back seat is out of the question. In a family of three or more children, it is often the eldest who drives and the youngest who finds himself in the back, isolated from everyone.
4. Assign him the slightly dirty fork when setting the table
There is always a fork in the cutlery drawer that has been washed less well than the others. It is not very dirty but it is out of the question that YOU eat with it. When you set the table, you have the power to choose who will have the dirty fork and of course, it always falls on your brother or your sister.
5. Telling embarrassing stories in front of your friends
Meeting the friends of his brothers and sisters is always a magical moment. It’s even funnier when you can tell embarrassing anecdotes about your little brother and/or little sister and you’re certainly not going to stop doing it to preserve their dignity.
6. Waking him up super early making a lot of noise
Whether you’re 6 or 40, it’s always a pleasure to wake up your brother or sister who is sleeping soundly. Obviously, all techniques are welcome: fog horns, loud music, vuvuzela and bucket of water are the great classics.
7. Put all the stuff you don’t want in her room anymore.
When you have a small room because you don’t live in a palace, you get into the habit of sorting your toys from an early age to make room. The problem is that you don’t really want to throw all those toys away so you put them in your brother’s or sister’s room. This habit persists years after leaving the family home and it’s always a pleasure to enter his child’s room to find the mess that your brother left the last time he came to your parents.
8. Calling her by a silly nickname
When you have brothers and sisters, you must have already had a thousand nicknames. It might be a lousy pun with your first name like “Gabite” for Gabriel, but simple “big shit” and “bolosse” work just fine too.
9. Stay 2h30 in the bathroom
As with Ross and Monica in Friends, your relationship with your siblings has improved as you grow up, but it’s definitely not possible to ever live together again. As soon as you spend a weekend with your parents and one of your siblings is also there, it is obvious that you are going to spend hours in the bathroom just to piss him off.
10. Burn his house and take his children hostage
Oh no, you don’t do that?
Obviously, we also continue to tell lies to the little brothers and sisters but it’s much less funny because they are less naive after 30 years.