Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 04:52 pm

Jürgen Fälchle
Jürgen Fälchle

2. They still fight with their siblings

When Tanner left for college, I didn’t think it would be possible to miss the nonstop bickering between brothers at the dinner table. But the first night our family convened for a meal around his vacant seat, I found myself longing for the magnificent normalcy of that relentless squabble. Not to worry – less than two minutes into our first dinner over Thanksgiving break, it began anew. It’s not as if I expected the conversation would be all rainbows and unicorns (OK, maybe a few rainbows would have been nice), but was it too much to ask that the boys allow me to swallow a single bite of sirloin before slinging a “Shut up, douchebag” across the table?