Cartoonist Adrienne Hedger illustrates all sorts of different relationship dynamics, but one of her favorites is the bond between siblings.
“Sibling relationships encompass so many human experiences – love, competition, exasperation, tenderness, annoyance, support, fun, and the intense desire to shout ‘I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU!'” Hedger told HuffPost. “Cartoons are a perfect way to capture all this absurdity.”
Over the years, she’s turned many of her own experiences of having siblings — and raising them — into hilarious cartoons for her “Hedger Humor” website and social media accounts. The artist has also bonded with other illustrators who create art around similar themes.
“Your siblings know your embarrassing stories, they remember your terrible haircuts, and they’re the only people who really know what it’s like to be in your family,” Hedger said. “You love each other, you care and you will always be there for each other.”
To celebrate this universal experience, Hedger shared a collection of his favorite cartoons with HuffPost.
“As these cartoons show, there are sweet, loving moments between siblings, and a lot of ridiculous moments too,” she noted. “When you raise siblings, you see that the children hate each other one minute and love each other the next. They will team up against you. The older one will teach the younger one unfortunate things. They will engage in the fights the absurdities you’ve ever seen. It’s quite funny, and cartoons allow us to take a step back and appreciate the humor.
Ultimately, Hedger and the other featured artists hope their cartoons resonate with others and make them feel less alone.
“Whether you’re a sibling, parent of siblings, or both, just know that you’re not crazy,” she said. “These relationships can be very complicated, yet very rewarding.”
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“Let’s be grateful for all the interesting and unique experiences that siblings add to our lives,” Hedger said. “When you think about it, they’re the only people who can put you in a headache, then steal your clothes, and somehow you still love them.”