Sibling StoriesWhen we gather with our families for the Thanksgiving feast, we may find ourselves face to face with the sister or brother who was the childhood idol, bully, mooch, or closest friend. That sibling relationship is always dynamic, but perhaps not well enough understood. So this year, NPR journalists add to your Thanksgiving table a generous helping of sibling stories.
Four of the seven lion cubs (Panthera leo) recently born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Lions boast a special form of sister and brotherly alliance: sisters stay together all their lives in prides, and brothers form coalitions to conquer other prides.
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A Chinese family coaxes their son to pose in a "little emperor" costume at a park in Beijing last year. China introduced its one-child policy for urban Chinese in 1976, resulting in a generation of sibling-less offspring.
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Daphne Beal (right) and her sister Cecily, who is developmentally disabled and legally blind. Daphne says that when they're together, they revert to the things they've done since they were kids.
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Monica Hanson (top left) is the eldest of four daughters and says she fell into the role of firstborn naturally. Her sisters (from left to right) are Elena Lynn, Maria Godoy (a senior editor at NPR.org) and Olga Czekalski. Also pictured (bottom left) is her daughter, Erica, and Erica's cousins Kelsey and Taylor Lynn.
Courtesy of Monica Hanson