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The Long Lost Sibling

The day has arrived that you have to say goodbye to your best friend. You watch them get into their car and drive away.
Then you start thinking about how different the house is going to be without them there. Maybe you get to switch rooms, or maybe you get the whole bathroom to yourself.
Siblings leaving for college is always hard. Another body is no longer at home. All conversations happen over the phone. Until they come home.
The house sometimes feels empty or quiet.
“I feel like a piece of me is missing. I’m very lonely because I have no one to talk to and help me with my homework,” said Ben Becker, sophomore.
Other people are happy their sibling is gone because it’s less stress.
“We fight a lot so it makes the house more quiet. Her being gone for several weeks helps us get along,” said Billy Eggers, Sophomore.
Madison Murphy agrees with Becker. She likes her sibling being home.
“I was upset when she left because we had gotten really close over the summer. Plus she gave me rides everywhere,” said Murphy, sophomore.
Siblings get close after spending 18 years in the house together. Then after a while, the lonely sibling doesn’t know what you’d do without them. Even if they fight a lot.
“We’ve always been close and that’s why it’s so different with him being gone. We still talk often though,” said Becker.
Some were just close because they were forced to be around each other.
“We were close because my older sister always had to give me rides,” said Eggers.
Murphy still stays in touch with her sister.
“We are still close. We text or Snapchat every day. We tell each other everything that has happened that day,” said Murphy.
When siblings come home, it’s like a celebration because they don’t come home often. Unless they go to a close college.
“My brother normally comes home on holidays and some 3- day weekends. Then we all spend time together,” said Becker.
Then, once they leave the goodbyes start all over again.