Campus Siblings

Part One of an Installment

Interviews by Rachael Jennings

 

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This year, we have ten sibling families on campus. Through this and the next few interviews, these siblings will share some of the great joys that come with working and living alongside family members at Dublin. From supporting each other in times of stress to rekindling “best friendship” to always knowing to whom you can turn for chocolate or a good laugh to venting together to (competitively) encouraging each other, having a sibling (or two) on campus can be a wonderful gift.

Jared & Fatih Lewis

RJ: What is a little-known/hilarious/adorable/amusing memory you share from when you were younger?

Lewis Sibs: We are constantly trying to “one up” each other. For example, Reach the Beach. Jared did his first half marathon when he just barely turned 14, so of course, Faith had to run one when she was finally old enough to at 13-and-a-half. This precedence continued all the way to Reach the Beach. Faith would have never thought of running at 3 am on a Saturday morning if her brother wasn’t running the 2 am leg before her. 

RJ: What do you have in common? 

Lewis Sibs: Too much.

RJ: What sets you apart?

Lewis Sibs: Too little.

RJ: When you are feeling down, what is something that your sibling does to brighten your day?

Whenever one of us is in the middle of a long project, the other will make popcorn or another delicious treat to help motivate the other. Chocolate chip pancakes got me through so many finals weeks.

 

RJ:  If you had a sibling theme song, what would it be? Why?

Lewis Sibs: “Hooked on A Feeling” by Blue Swede because who doesn’t love an upbeat, slightly weird song?

RJ: What is your favorite character trait that your sibling possesses?

 

Jared: Well, it’s hard to choose. I would probably go with her work ethic. When she sets her mind to something, she really goes all out. For example, we were on a run the at the beginning of the summer when she decided she wanted to do a half marathon. She developed and stuck to a training plan that summer and fall, running longer and longer distances. And guess what? She got 2nd for women under 19. At 13 years old.  

 

Faith: He is always willing to try something new, and getting other people to try something new. I mean, I have no idea how he gets people to want to take hikes in the middle of winter or actually want to go outside when the weather is in the negatives?

Hope & Clare Fowler

RJ: What is your favorite part about going to school with your sibling?

CF: Going to the same school as my sister has brought us immensely closer in the past two years, and I would have to say that is my favorite part. We have finally returned to being the best friends we once were when we were younger, back when we were dressing up in dad’s t-shirts and mom’s Sunday hats.

HF: Whenever I need someone to do my laundry or grab my allowance or bring me food, my sister is my immediate MVP.

RJ: What is a little-known/hilarious/adorable/amusing memory you share from when you were younger?

CF: When we were younger our mom really wanted us to love gardening as much as she did, alas her two daughters hated to get dirt under their nails. So, she made us sit on our porch steps, wearing hats and gardening gloves. Then we posed for a series of pictures.

HF: My sister always used to put her shoes on the wrong feet...for years. 

RJ: What do you have in common? What sets you apart?

CF: The Fowler girls were raised on sayings such as “Cradle before grave” and “What is more important intelligence or kindness?” These two phrases have stuck with us to the day because I believe we are loyal and of course kind, since that was the answer to the question and will be forevermore. So when it comes to similarities I think we have the same basis of manners and morals, but at the same time we were also raised to be independent. So, I guess that is where we differ. The biggest difference is probably in lacrosse she is much better than I... hands down.(I was jibed on the lacrosse Fowler gene).

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HF: We are both quite blunt (and attentive during Humanities I suppose).

RJ: When you are feeling down, what is something that your sibling does to brighten your day?

CF: She reminds me of all the reasons why I am who I am and how no one can ever change that. Sometimes I forget why I matter and she never hesitates to drill the reasons back into my head.

Or when in doubt…chocolate.

HF: When we were younger, after our joint showers or baths, we would sprint to my parents’ room and pick out our favorite “Father shirt.” The most popular ones were the Corona Extra and Green Eggs and Ham shirts.

RJ: What is your favorite character trait that your sibling possesses?

CF: Being strong for me [even in times] when she can barely be strong for herself.

Calvin & Lilly Bates

RJ:  What is your favorite part about going to school with your sibling?

LB: I know my least favorite part. SOMEONE decided to put Calvin’s locker directly above mine in the day student locker room. Because of this, our school situation directly replicates the issues we face at home. He loves to toss his stuff all over the ground right in front of my locker. There have also been times when items begin to fall out of his locker and onto the floor. This downgrades the quality of my day big time. I guess my favorite part is that we have so much to discuss each day because we are experiencing similar but also different things. I also feel very ready for everything because he makes sure that I am fully prepared for most things that will happen in my life. I get the smooth run after the test drive.

CB: My favorite part is that Lilly has the locker below mine so I have extra space to put my backpack.

RJ:  What is a little-known/hilarious/adorable/amusing memory you share from when you were younger?

LB: When I was around 1 and Calvin was 4, he thought it would be fun to paint my face green. We were unsupervised in the playroom. I guess his creative juices started flowing and my green face was the result.

CB: One time my sister and I got into an argument about a Monopoly game that almost tore our family apart.

RJ: What do you have in common? What sets you apart?

LB:  In common? Well...we have very similar opinions on what is and isn’t acceptable. We also do the same sports and live in the same house. The non similarities consist of me being organized, me being organized, and me being organized.

CB: We are both very competitive but our main difference is our belief in the importance of organization.

RJ:  When you are feeling down, what is something that your sibling does to brighten your day?

LB: When I am feeling down one of the best things a person could do is offer to wax my skis for me on the night before a race. Calvin does this frequently and it is just the best.

CB:  We vent about our day while playing ping pong.

 

RJ: What is your favorite character trait that your sibling possesses?

LB: Along with Calvin’s less organized lifestyle comes a very chill personality. He is never in a rush to plan out his whole life, or even his whole day. This is great most of the time.

CB: Lilly is very funny and we can always share a laugh.

RJ: Theme song? Themed costumes?

LB: One time during a spirit week in middle school Calvin dressed up as Calvin and I was Hobbes. That was creative. [If we had a theme song, it would be] “Djobi Djoba” by the Gypsy Kings! Don’t ask why.