“I’m coolldd!” my sister chattered after a shower, as she walked into the bedroom we used to share, a towel draped around her shoulders and reaching her wet knees.
She carried on complaining as she got into her clothes, her movements rickety and exaggerated.
I rolled my eyes.
“First world problems” I murmured.
She didn’t like that.
“Ok but it’s a genuine problem” she argued, “and so what if I’m not starving to death, I’m cold and I’m allowed to express it!”
“So get into bed then,” I said meanly, “other people can’t just get into their nice comfy beds with clean sheets and get warm, but you can!”
“I don’t want to get into bed.”
“Then stop complaining.”
We carried on like this (as we do), back and forth, back and forth. It wasn’t serious. It was lighthearted with an underlay of years of sisterly resentment.
Later on, after I’d scrubbed a few things and my sister ceremoniously broomed the kitchen floor, she was sitting on her bed and me on mine.
“I have the worst headache,” I told her.
“First world problems.” she was quick to say, folding her legs and scrolling down her phone. She glanced smugly up at me, as I got up to go to the bathroom.
“I know, right?” I said, “Thank goodness that’s the heaviest of my problems today.”
“At least you have a head!” she called out, as I shut the bathroom door.