The summer after graduating high school was somewhat exciting. I was trying to embrace the changes. It truly is remarkable how we learned to cope and adjust. I had to move on and I was excited about college.

My sister and I shared a room for most of my teen years. I am still in that same room while my sister upgraded to the larger room.

When we shared the room, it had red bunk beds. Geeti, my sister, would sleep on the top bunk and I slept on the bottom bunk. She would change the direction of the bunk bed twice a year. I loved when she would do that because the room felt so fresh and new. The room was mostly hers. I had a closet in the hallway where I kept my clothes and more importantly my prized possessions. My prized possessions included my stuffed animals, Harry Potter memorabilia, my ball collections, and some other stuff. In my room, I kept a flashlight under my pillow just in case monsters came. When my sister got rid of the bunk beds, I was upset. She didn’t even ask me. She is eight years older than me and was embarrassed that she still slept in a bunk bed. Geeti was going through a mid-life crisis. She painted the room grey which made me feel like I was in a prison.

remodeling our bedroom

After a huge blowout about the room, Geeti and I settled into the new look. The room felt smaller than ever. We had a tv in the corner of our room. It was one of those old TVs with the giant casing on the back. We had it for years. One time it burned out after water accidentally spilled on it but it came back to life after three weeks.

My sister was a fan of a certain type of film. She loved slow movies like What Lies Beneath, the Secret Window, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Benjamin Button, Benny and Joon, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. She had these movies on DVD and she liked to rewatch them. Since I was her little sister and we shared a room together, I had to rewatch these movies with her. We had cable and occasionally, we would watch cable tv. It was usually watching something she liked. I remember watching Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, and some other shows.

My sister and I always had movie nights since I could remember. When I was younger, my siblings and I would rent a movie from Hollywood Video. We watched every horror film you can think of. It changed once we all grew up because everyone got busy. Still, my sister and I would try to have movie nights with pizza and hot wings.

I never realized what a huge influence my sister’s movie taste had on me as well as my entire family’s obsession with horror films. I never realized how many movies I had actually seen whose names I didn’t remember. I was about to enter this new world and I did not know what I was up against.



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