I learn about
sibling relationships, the more impressed I am with what *ambivalent*
they are--even when there is no disability. It seems that when
are present, the ambivalence only gets stronger--the highs are higher
"Donny has brought me unending joy and laughter, and probably increased
my sensitivity hundred-fold." Would many of us make such a comment
a sibling who wasn't disabled? ) and the lows are lower. (e.g. "On the
other hand, sometimes I can't help but feel frustrated and cheated.").
The challenge, I suppose, is to celebrate the insights and sensitivity
one gains as a result of the relationship, learn (sometimes painful)
from the frustrations and then--somehow--move on.Don
Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
New York 10468
updated: November 30, 2006