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Saluting siblings: Friends for life

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One of the best gifts in life is the gift of siblings. We celebrate Siblings Day on April 10 each year to celebrate and honor our friends for life.

The Siblings Day Foundation was created by Claudia Evart, who lost both of her siblings early in life.

The goals of the foundation include the establishment of a National Siblings Day, to be celebrated annually on April 10, the birthday of Evart's late sister, Lisette.

Siblings share a unique perspective with one another. Siblings also share distinctive memories of fun together that parents won't remember.

Siblings play together and often fight together when they are young. As adults, siblings often enjoy a close relationship, remembering their younger days with laughter.

Siblings form a bond through everyday activities. The sibling relationship lasts longer than the relationship between parents and children.

Siblings are each other's first childhood friends and can continue the friendship throughout their lives as they love and honor this special and unique relationship.

Siblings Day is a good time to remember your siblings and thank them for the memories with a phone call, sharing a meal together or sending an eCard.

In honor of my siblings and in gratitude for the many happy memories we've shared, here are some ways siblings can have fun and make memories together at any age.

The joy of siblings
The joy of siblings Sandy Wallace

The joy of siblings

Parents are proud of their children at any age. When a parent looks at an adult child, they are also looking at the little boy or girl they remember. Family photos are a great keepsake to remember special times together.

Bake a Cake
Bake a Cake Sandy Wallace

Bake a Cake

Sisters may enjoy baking together. Whether you're making a birthday cake, cupcakes or other treats, the memories you share will be remembered long after the treats have been eaten.

Baking is fun at Any Age
Baking is fun at Any Age Sandy Wallace

Baking is fun at Any Age

When my sisters and I get together, we still enjoy baking treats. Brownies are a favorite in our family, but laughing together is a treasured memory. 

Indoor Fun
Indoor Fun Sandy Wallace

Indoor Fun

You and your siblings share a unique past and memories. Family traditions are often traced back to your childhood together. These siblings may be thinking up ideas for indoor fun on a rainy day.

Outdoor Fun
Outdoor Fun Sandy Wallace

Outdoor Fun

Playing together in the back yard is a memory shared by many siblings. It doesn't matter whether you're playing tag, swinging on swings or practicing soccer, it's the time together that matters.

Share Excitement Together
Share Excitement Together Sandy Wallace

Share Excitement Together

Siblings share the excitement of Christmas morning, a new pet, birthdays and other special memories. Maybe you and your siblings dressed alike for Christmas or Easter as children.

Sharing and Caring
Sharing and Caring Sandy Wallace

Sharing and Caring

As adults, you and your siblings show your love and care for one another in many ways. Spending time together, planning events and activities and caring for your parents add to your close relationship.

Silly Sisters
Silly Sisters Sandy Wallace

Silly Sisters

Sisters like to act silly together. Laughter and arguments may be intertwined, but the love is always there. Many sisters enjoy a close relationship for their entire lives. 

There's no Friend Like a Sister
There's no Friend Like a Sister Sandy Wallace

There's no Friend Like a Sister

As adults, sisters are there to support one another through life's joys and sorrows. Sisters laugh together and help each other. There's no friend like a sister.

Brothers are Great too
Brothers are Great too Sandy Wallace

Brothers are Great too

Brothers may be involved in Boy Scouts or other activities together. Bonding through activities is one way for brothers to connect. Brothers may also share a room, do chores together and enjoy new challenges.

Brotherhood is a Lifetime Gift
Brotherhood is a Lifetime Gift Sandy Wallace

Brotherhood is a Lifetime Gift

Adult brothers can laugh about childhood memories as they connect on an adult level. Sharing stories from the past is one way adult brothers remember their special relationship. As adults, brothers may also talk about their families, enjoy activities together and share their dreams and goals with each other.

Siblings add Joy to Life
Siblings add Joy to Life Sandy Wallace

Siblings add Joy to Life

The relationship an older sibling shares with a new baby is marked with a love that continues forever. The love between siblings is mutual. Siblings add joy to life at any age.

Dress-Up Fun
Dress-Up Fun Sandy Wallace

Dress-Up Fun

As children, siblings may work together to produce plays for their parents to watch. Siblings enjoy dress-up fun any time. Siblings also enjoy creating hiding places and forts using couch cushions, blankets or whatever they can find.

School and Travel
School and Travel Sandy Wallace

School and Travel

Siblings spend time together in the family car, traveling to school, sports and vacation destinations. Although they may argue and fight in the car, these siblings will remember the fun of the ride more than the fights when they are adults.

Sibling Pride
Sibling Pride Sandy Wallace

Sibling Pride

As adults, siblings often enjoy spending time together and are proud of each other's accomplishments. A sibling is a friend for life. Siblings encourage each other to reach for the stars and follow their dreams.

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