I'm the youngest of 4 girls. There's 7, 10 and 12 years difference between me and my sisters. So while I had sisters I didn't get to do the "sister thing" really until I was older and the age gap wasn't so noticeable. I did get to hang around them alot, tho I think not always their choice and I can remember a few bedroom doors shutting in my face. Sister number 1 got to take me as a 4 year old on her dates with her boyfriend (now husband). My brother-in-law said I would whinge to go with them and then whinge to go home...lucky them.
I remember when sister number 2 got a trendy hair cut when I was 11. I know I said it looked nice but having her cut my hair in the same style wasn't really the best of ideas. I went from having long hair in pigtails to short hair with wispy bits around the nape of my neck. Of course the boys at school took about 5 seconds to give me a new nickname "Coconut Head".
Sister number 3 had the joy of sharing a bedroom with me until number 2 got married. I hated sleeping in my own room and use to creep into hers and hide. Sister number 3 also had to supervise me after school. I've heard many times what a pain I was - I don't remember being painful so obviously it didn't happen.
But let's get onto the "Beauty mirror"... Sister number 1 had a special mirror. It had 3 light settings - normal, day and night, each light gave you a different perception of your skin and helped you do your make-up to suit the occasion. I loved the "normal' setting - it showed up every bit on your skin and if you turned the mirror to the other side it enlarged your face, just what you needed when you plucked your eyebrows. I haven't thought about the mirror for years until Wednesday when by some fluke of light my bathroom mirror became that beauty mirror of my sisters. Unfortunately it wasn't the soft 'night' light but on normal and the enlarged side. It was a not so gentle reminder that the picture of me in my head doesn't quite match the picture in the mirror. Where did those 'grandma' hairs come from, when did my skin get blotchy and lines - who drew those???? It did force me to have a serious chat to the boys...I'm not fussed if I need to go to a nursing home when I get older but they must make sure that someone plucks those 'grandma' hairs off my face when I can no longer do it myself. Will they remember? Fingers crossed.