The Polarity of Sibling Relationships

As you all know, I have a younger sister who I love and hate at the same time. If you don’t understand how people can feel like singing songs with someone and throwing eggs at them simultaneously, you might be an only child. My sister can annoy me and love me at the same time. The polarity between our moods whenever we’re together is quite insane. One moment, we’ll find ourselves kicking and screaming just to get her up to eat, and the next thing you know, she’s telling me the latest stories about her well-off classmates as we laugh.

My school calendar was a bit later than hers, so she was teasing me the whole time I still had school and she was enjoying summer, and then the tables turned. I had fun rubbing in the fact that she couldn’t watch TV while I could. She had fun reminding me that I had to help her with Kumon worksheets because Mom said so.

Do we agree with each other? Often. We do like watching cooking shows together. Do we fight with each other? Most of the time. I won’t even start on what makes us fight with each other because the list will go on until Hogwarts stops changing Defense Against the Dark Arts professors. ┬áDo we introduce new stuff to each other? Of course. I introduced her to Miraculous Ladybug. She introduced me to Minecraft. We show each other new YouTubers to enjoy.

I teach her stuff she’ll need in life. That’s what an older sibling does. Therefore, I teach her what school glosses over, like dealing with different types of friends, different types of teachers, and later on, how to flirt with people, and how to ace a job interview.

I suppose the hardest lesson I’ll learn later on is that my sister will grow up, and make decisions for herself that I cannot interfere with. I can’t hope that my sister will stay the same to me, because we’ll grow up, and eventually distance ourselves from each other. It sounds sad, but that’s the truth. She can’t always be the young, naive sister that I know right now. All I wish is to know that we still have each other’s backs when we need it, no matter how old both of us are.


Grade School in HEDCen from the Eyes of a Graduate

From first grade to sixth grade, if I were to check if we in the sixth grade had changed, I would say that it’s rarely noticeable with behavior, but with appearances, there are changes obviously seen.
In our class, 6-Armstrong, we are still noisy, naughty, a bit irresponsible, but very social whether by FB or others. In fact, up to now, we still get scolded by teachers, end up not following directions, and threatened by our teachers to behave or else we would get low grades. Good news is that we still love soccer, have lots of fun, and always be with friends either face-to-face or by FB (friends on FB).
In HEDCen, there are students who come from all kinds of families. There are those who are intellectuals academically, those who are naturals in being social, and those who are always disciplined. There are those who love art, those who love to play, and those who are so historical, they can remember the whole history of the Philippines from the early times until President Arroyo. That’s what provides the spice to life found in HEDCEN.
In every year in HEDCen, there are teachers who stay, and teacher that come and go. They always give their best in teaching, that’s why they get mad at you if you forgot to bring the materials for a certain experiment or activity. (Aren’t we forgetful?)
There are lots of changes occurring in HEDCen, not just with the school itself, but also within the students themselves, such as the beginning and fading of friendships, students who are gonna transfer because of the tuition fee increase, or for other personal reasons. But, there are also things that will never change, such as the gimmicks, the jokes, funny moments, the school assembly every Monday, and more.
Every year in HEDCen almost seemed to never be the same, even though we still have the same events happening. But, we know our classmates very well, and we think that they will never change in terms of personality.
Throughout my stay in HEDCen, here are some lessons I learned:
1. Don’t bother yelling “Quiet” when your classmates are noisy. The teacher’s authority is higher, so let the teacher say it.
2. You don’t have to tell everything to the teacher or whoever unless it’s really bad. You’ll be called a “sumbongero” .
3. It’s a bit of a hindrance if you don’t stay updated with the news and show biz because that’s what your classmates talk about.
4. When writing a journal, brace yourself for the remarks of your classmates. They always think you’re writing a diary.
5. HEDCen is a bit obscure in details, so be ready for your mother’s probing questions and looks of confusion.
6. The teacher only wants to help the students to learn. However, not everything is being taught by the teacher, so be ready for social lessons that are only taught by experience.
7. The principal is very kind and nice, so don’t think that the principal’s office spells TROUBLE.
8. In writing a journal, don’t show off with a colorful notebook. Your classmates will read it, even if you say no, and it means big trouble.
9. Cramming happens when you do things only right before the deadline. This applies to important but not urgent things, such as science expo, yearly projects, and others.
10. Always try to get a high score on quizzes and projects, since they are considered for exemptions from final exams.
11. Be mindful of the bell because it tells you when recess is over. Don’t be late for class.
12. Being absent also means that you miss out on great activities and events that happened on the day you were absent.
13. Never ever talk at the same time when the teacher is giving a lecture, because it pisses them off.
14. Be understanding to those having a hard time in Math because some lessons are simply hard to simplify, and the math teachers do their best to make them easy to comprehend.
15. The Subject Matter Outline is often a seemingly good lesson plan, however, we are always left behind because we have to make sure everyone gets the lesson before we move on to the next one.

To sum it up, grade-school was never boring. I had a blast from first grade up until the sixth. All in all, we spent five years because we were accelerated one grade, meaning we skipped fifth grade because of K-12, because the school’s curriculum is advanced.