My brother (my next of kin, the person who also shares my parents shared DNA) and I have never got along. Where some siblings are closer than close, even if they are of different genders, the closest my brother Ken and I have even been would be arguing. So it's not surprise when his punishment - is my reward. Some of you might be shocked but it's just life. You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family.
Once when we were little, my dad was looking after us when my mom was out. I must have been about 5 and Ken about 3. We were doing art and craft and somehow, my brother smeared wet glue over an old radio's speaker area - the type that looks like honeycomb. I don't remember details like whether my brother did it when my dad wasn't looking, or whether he did it to test the limits of my dad's "no," but I remember Ken was punished for it.
How can you punish a three year old kid? I know of parents who hit their toddlers to teach them right from wrong. But my dad strongly believed that three was too young to inflict physical pain on and so.... he made Ken stand in a corner, face in!!
Hah! That was my reward. At 5, I was happy when my brother go punished. I remember the feeling of immense glee as he stood face in, in the corner, crying his eyes out.
The relationship between Ken and I never got better. The next time I felt righteously triumphant over him was when he got his O'level and A'level results. At secondary school level, I was in the 4-year "express" stream and he was one up on me by being in the 4-year "special" stream. So he took Chinese as a first language whereas I took Chinese as a second language. I got a C6 for Chinese (the lowest grade to pass) and when he did his - he failed Chinese as a first language and also barely passed Chinese as a second. And we did equally well in our O's and A's. So - what's so "special" about him anyway? Hahaha...
Since coming to London (and I've been here exactly 4 months) Ken's sent me one email. I think he did it under duress - my mom probably pressurized him so much he thought might as well send the stupid thing! I've replied the courtesy email with my own courtesy email. :)