Mecaila is a music and book-loving, straight- A student that has ambition. According to Keanen, “Her personality is very unique, she is either very happy or positive, she dances and sings, or she can be kind of frustrated.”
Keanen is a humorous guy that loves cars and is good at stating opinions. His sister said, “He is a boy with many, many, many personalities. Living with him is like living with a puppy. If he is around friends, he is a funny guy, but doesn’t exactly act like that around his family always. I mean, he is his normal joking self, but shows off his sense of humor the most at school.”
The two both say that they that they talk to each other more at school, and that they see each other more than other siblings do. This is because of sports, being siblings, and students. “We talk more at school.” Keanen explains.
At home, the two said that they don’t talk as much as they should. They have their personal spaces. “Keanen at home is usually quiet, but when he talks, he usually makes us all laugh. My parents always say things like, “Mecaila, why can’t you have a better sense of humor like Keanen? But for Keanen it’s usually about how he needs to have more ambition like me.”
Mecaila explained that she looks up to Keanen because of how funny he is. Keanen says that he wishes he could handle friendly situations more like his sister.
Keanen and Mecaila both play basketball. The seasons run during the exact same time, with the girls and boys alternating practice times, even though they may not see each other during almost all the practices, they see each other during the busy games.
Studies show that siblings can help boost performance by being a role model, or just through a straight up competition. “No matter what, one of us is going to be better at something.” Keanen says.
Their teachers think of the Espeys as ambitious students, but just like any other students, they can be easily bored. This is pretty common with most students. Their language arts teacher, Mr. Kahl said, “They are both slightly defiant when it comes to things they don’t want to do, but they are both capable students.”
Siblings will always disagree or fight about something. That’s what siblings do. Both Keanen and Mecaila were asked about how siblings are disrespectful to each other at school, but not as much at home. Keanen said, “At school, they usually get worse because there aren’t any parents there, and at school, generally they don’t give their teachers enough respect.”
So, why do siblings act differently at school than at home? All siblings fight for different reasons, they may be like Mecaila and Keanen and talk more at school. Siblings may not be like that at all—they may have a healthy relationship at home, and never talk at school.