♪♪ (young person speaking Spanish) (translated) I would like to have peace between the two countries. ♪♪ (girl speaking Spanish) I would tell the kids of the United States that Cuba is a good country. (girl 2 speaking Spanish) I feel really happy because I feel it's going to get better between the two countries. ♪♪ (boy speaking Spanish) I think there will be good changes in Cuba. ♪♪ We are so close. We should be having a better relationship. ♪♪ (music changes) (announcer) This is "Nick News" with Linda Ellerbee. ♪♪ Now here is Linda Ellerbee. The island country of Cuba is just 90 miles off the coast of the state of Florida. That is close. Which is tricky. Because officially, the U.S. is a capitalist society and officially, Cuba is a communist society, and so the two countries have been enemies for more than 50 years. But the world changes, and recently, President Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro have begun to work to find ways to bring the two countries closer together. What will it be like to be a kid in Cuba tomorrow? Begin with this. What's it like to be a kid in Cuba today? We went to Cuba to find out. ♪♪ (boy 3 speaking Spanish) I'm proud of being Cuban. (speaking Spanish) For me, Cuba is happiness, joy. It's everything. (speaking Spanish) The first thing that comes to my mind is patriotism and how Cuba helps other countries. (boy 4 speaking Spanish) What I like about being Cuban is that we could have any kind of problem and we come out of it with joy and music. Instead of staying home and being sad, we come out into the streets. (young person 2) Cuban people are always joyful people. They're always happy. (young person 3) Cuba is an underdeveloped country, but it's a free country. (girl 1) Here in Cuba, the schools, everything is free and all the kids have the same rights for everything. (boy 1) I like that I can have medicine above all and medical attention without having to pay for any costs. The best part about growing up here in Cuba is the sports. When I grow up, I want to be a great baseball player. (young person 4 speaking Spanish) What I like about Cuba is Cuban music. That is what makes me feel Cuban. (speaking Spanish) What I like the most about Cuba is its landscapes and its beaches. (young person 5 speaking Spanish) The most beautiful thing about Cuba is the dance. (young person 6) For me, the most beautiful part of Cuba is the people. ♪♪ (Ellerbee) But what are some of the things Cuban kids would change about their country if they could? ♪♪ (girl 3) Havana is a beautiful place. What I would change about Cuba, about Havana, its dirty places. I would like to have more clean places. Like my neighborhood. In every corner, I find a lot of garbage on the street and a lot of people don't understand that that's a bad thing. And that's why we have so many diseases in Havana. (speaking Spanish) The streets. They're in really bad shape. (engine revving) And there are some buildings that are in bad shape and need to be restored. (continues in Spanish) Above all, I would like for us to be able to travel to many more places and to travel to other countries that aren't my own as well. (girl 2 speaking Spanish) I would like to have the chance to go easily to the United States. (speaking Spanish) I think people living in the United States, their lives might be a little bit different, but I think I would like to stay here in Cuba. ♪♪ (Ellerbee) How did Cuba and the U.S. become enemies in the first place? Cuba was run by a dictator supported by the United States until 1959, when Cuban rebels led by Fidel Castro overthrew that dictator, promising freedom and equality for all. The rebels also took over all businesses in Cuba owned by companies in the U.S. Castro then had a choice between negotiating a new alliance with the United States or joining with the communist-run Soviet Union, America's most powerful enemy. Castro chose the Soviet Union and communism, a system that aims to replace private property with public ownership. The U.S. retaliated by shutting off diplomatic relations with a communist Cuba and enacting an embargo, which meant it was illegal for U.S. companies to do business with Cuba or for individual Americans to spend money in Cuba or even to visit there. From that point, a wall existed between the two countries, a wall much bigger than the 90 miles of water that separates them. Until now. ♪♪ (girl 1 speaking Spanish) My reaction now that Cuba can have a relationship with the United States, it was something like, "Yay, finally." (girl 3 speaking Spanish) The embargo has been affecting us a lot. The embargo makes it hard to buy food or medicine, the necessities we need. (girl 4 speaking Spanish) We don't live in the same way. We don't have the same things. (speaking Spanish) Maybe they get to live in big houses, beautiful houses, and we don't get to live in these kind of houses. (continues in Spanish) I think if the people in the United States change their opinion about Cuba and they change the embargo, maybe the relationship can get better. (young person 7 speaking Spanish) I think things are going to change pretty soon. I think tourists are coming to Cuba now. I think we are going to improve our economy. (boy 5 speaking Spanish) I would like for the relationship to get better because both countries would benefit, not only economically, but also culturally. ♪♪ (class speaking Spanish) (boy 8 speaking Spanish) I like to study and study. I want to study to be a lawyer to defend others' human rights for a fair cause. Last year, I got hundreds on every subject in school. (class singing) I really like school and participate in the different tournaments and contests we have in school and I'm always getting awards. (teacher speaking Spanish, boy 8 continues in Spanish) I used to play baseball at school, then I changed to play handball, which is what I'm doing right now. I like this sport more. (boys chant, clap) It is important for every school to have sports because it forces you to always be active and not gain too much weight. ♪♪ (continues in Spanish) My favorite part of the day is when I come home and see my brother and my mom waiting there for me. (continues in Spanish) My house is big, with three floors. It has a patio and a terrace. And what I like most about it is my room. It is the cleanest one of all the rooms. I have two rats. One is named Sabrina and the other is Stewart. I have a turtle. I have two dogs. My brother, he's good with me, always helping me with classes, and if not , he lets me play anything with him. ♪♪ One of the most beautiful things about Cuba is the Museum of the Revolution. The Revolution is what occurred on January 1, 1959, called the Triumphant Revolution, where we gained freedom thanks to Fidel and Raul Castro with Che and others. They created history and will remain in the hearts of the Cuban people. (continues in Spanish) Socialism is something where you help others the way Cuba does with other countries. For instance, we're sending Cuban doctors to fight Ebola, a global sickness. It is an epidemic and we have to destroy it. (continues in Spanish) When I think of Cuba, I think of liberty, peace and tranquility in the world and hope that Cuba and the United States keep a friendly relationship. The relationship can get better with time. The relationship depends on if they compromise. (singing in Spanish) (speaking Spanish) When I sing, I feel happy and content. (continues singing) (speaking Spanish) I like music very much. What I like to listen to the most is opera. Music lets me express my feelings because with it, I can make a person fall in love with me. My girlfriend is named Dalia and we have been together four months. We live in the same neighborhood. (Dalia speaking Spanish) Marcos is a really joyful person. He's always happy. He's always taking care of his friends. I wouldn't change a thing about Marcos. (speaking Spanish) What I like about my neighborhood is that I get along with all of my neighbors. I have lived there since I was born and every time I rehearse, they tell me how well I sing. They motivate me to move forward and they support me always. ♪♪ I am proud of living in a united country, a place where everyone helps each other. (continues in Spanish) In my opinion, socialism is a community where we share however we can, where we all have the same rights, the same responsibilities and where we take on the same tasks regardless of our rankings. ♪♪ I am part of the Communist Youth Union. Being part of the Communist Youth Union means that when we reach adulthood, we can become part of the government. I feel like a student who is recognized, because you have to be a student who fulfills all of his responsibilities and that knows and recognizes when something is wrong and who fights against what is wrong. ♪♪ (continues in Spanish) Of Cuba's future, I think we have to better ourselves more, but we are doing so a little bit at a time, by all that our government is doing to help. (continues in Spanish) I would like to have a little bit more access to the Internet, because I would like to have access to information, like information about jobs or music. I could look up history. Also to be informed about everything that's happening in the world. But I think that to be in front of a computer the entire day could be damaging. (continues in Spanish) It's also a good idea to practice sports, to sing, to listen to music, to go to a museum, because those things make you open up your mind to society and to the world you live in. (continues in Spanish) In the future, first I would like to go to college. I would like to focus on communication or journalism and also music. I don't have to be too famous. I just want people to know me and know what it is I do. I would like to do it here in Cuba because of Cuba's roots in the music that I love. (ends song on a high note) (Ellerbee) Cuba's art is everywhere and, it seems, by everyone, including the art of creating new ways of helping one another and new concepts, like the art of recycling. ♪♪ I think art is part of the Cuban people and part of how we live in Cuba. I think that when people paint the murals on the walls, it is because they like to express themselves. They like to make the city beautiful. I am in the community project Granma. It is a community project for kids. We come here to make figures out of papier-mâché and to paint as well. I come here because I like to express what I'm thinking. ♪♪ (speaking Spanish) One day, I took a table, placed it outside my house on the street, and suddenly, three kids came to me asking for some help for some homework for school. Then three more came. Then, after three months, I had 13 to 15 kids here. ♪♪ (continues in Spanish) My name is Lazaro. I live in central Havana. This is my house and this is recycling with art and news. (continues in Spanish) The project has been going on for four years. The kids, they come here, they interact with other kids and they get educated, and they learn how to recycle, which is my work, and what my efforts are all about. (continues in Spanish) They feel like this is their home, like they're in a garden for kids in a park. This is not about telling them what's right or wrong. This is all about freedom. It's all about creation. Art. (Ellerbee) Cuban kids seem happy in general. They have a good school system, a vibrant culture and a strong family structure at the center of their lives. (speaking Spanish) The first thing that comes to mind when I hear people talk of Cuba is a mother that saw me born and saw me grow. It is where I learned it all, where I grew up as a person. ♪♪ (girl 5 speaking Spanish) The Cuban family plays an important role. They like to help each other and they love socializing. I love my family. They always want what's best for me. (speaking Spanish) In the future, it's what they're going to remember. (continues in Spanish) I feel really proud when I see my kids and my family together on the weekends, and I get to cook breakfast for them. This is one of the things that make me forget about the limitations we have. (boy 4 speaking Spanish) We are not a very developed country, and this limits us. Some problems that I see in Cuba that I wish could be changed would be the salary of some jobs. Also, there are some living spaces in Havana that are in bad shape and could be fixed. (man) One of the things that should be changed in Cuba would be the possibility to trade with countries that are closer to the island. Right now, most of the products get imported from Europe and China and that makes the products have higher prices. It would be easier for us to have access to different products and lower prices if Cuba had the possibility to trade with the United States. ♪♪ (boy 4) I would love for this problem to be resolved. I would like to think of that country as a friend. (man speaking Spanish) The announcement was surprising when Barack Obama and Raul Castro told us the news. It wasn't just the news of the year, but maybe the whole lifetime for the Cuban people, so I would like to recognize the bravery of Barack Obama and Raul Castro for bringing these two nations together. ♪♪ (boy 4) When I hear people talk about the United States, I think of big buildings and technology. (girl 5) I would like to visit New York City because I've heard it's a beautiful place. (boy 4) I think it would be difficult to get visas to go to the United States. The relationship with the United States still has not been fixed. (girl 5 speaking Spanish) I think I wouldn't change a thing about the Cuban government's role, because they've always been teaching us how to keep our minds to Cuban history and how to be faithful to the Cuban roots. (all chanting) (boy 4 speaking Spanish) To me, socialism is defined as, to all and for the good of all. It is everyone being happy with what they have. It means to find a way where we are all equal, or something like that. (speaking Spanish) I think the life of an American kid my age would be different because maybe they have different possibilities. I'm talking about the economy, so I think that would be a little different from the life we have. I think that if the relationship between the two countries gets better, I think we'll have different possibilities in the future here. (man) I would like to see all these new changes in Cuba, but I wouldn't like to see the achievements of the revolution thrown away. Because of education for free, a healthcare system for free, the way the Cuban family lives all together, those are achievements that we must preserve. ♪♪ (girl 2 speaking Spanish) I would like American kids to come to Cuba so that way I can meet them and learn about their lives. (girl 4) I would like to ask an American girl how they live, how are the schools over there? What do they do? What would they like to do when they get older? (speaking Spanish) What would he like to change about this country and what makes him happy there? (girl 1 speaking Spanish) They can see our culture, the way we live, and they can see that a lot of the things that they are told about our country aren't true. (speaking Spanish) When he's about to leave, I would see his face to see how he liked his time in Cuba. (speaking Spanish) Then I would like him to take me to his country and see if it's the same. (boy 3 speaking Spanish) I think all kids are the same. It doesn't matter where you come from or who you are. What's only important is friendship and the values that you have. ♪♪ (speaking Spanish) I want for us to be friends. In this show, we have had glimpses into the lives of some of Cuba's kids, but that is all. Glimpses. We do not know them. We do not know what choices they will make tomorrow. But their world, their lives, are going to change. And the thing to remember is that whatever happens between our two countries is not going to happen overnight. I'm Linda Ellerbee. Good-bye for Nick News. ♪♪ (men singing in Spanish) ♪♪ (men singing in Spanish) ♪♪ >> CHARLOTTE IS SO COMPETITIVE. >> SHE TRIES TO BOSS ME AROUND. >> MY BROTHER IS ALWAYS TAKING MY STUFF. >> HE TOOK MY FAVORITE SHOES. >> I'M GONNA TELL DAD ON YOU. >> I WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE SNITCH. >> HE'LL JUST, LIKE, SIT ON TOP OF ME. >> HE'S STANDING THERE MOONING ME. >> MY FRIENDS WERE LIKE... >> HE'S JUST REALLY ANNOYING. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. "IF ONLY I WERE AN ONLY CHILD: THE TOP TEN ANNOYING THINGS MY SIBLINGS DO." NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: GRINDING YOUR GEARS, RUFFLING YOUR FEATHERS, WHATEVER YOU CALL IT-- THE ART OF ANNOYING IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND YOUR SIBLINGS HAVE MASTERED THIS ART. SO WHEN THE ANNOYED GET STEAMED, THEY START TO VENT. AND, WOW, DO YOU HAVE SOME TALES TO TELL. WE ASKED AND YOU OPENED UP ABOUT THE VARIOUS WAYS YOUR SIBLINGS MAKE YOU CRAZY. THEN YOU RANKED THE CATEGORIES. HERE NOW, KIDS AND SOME FAMOUS FORMER KIDS GET THEIR RANT TIME AS WE COUNT DOWN THE TOP TEN ANNOYING THINGS YOUR SIBLINGS DO. >> I THINK THAT EVEN SHE WILL ADMIT THAT SHE DOES NOT SHARE ANYTHING--LIKE, NOTHING. >> AND DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? I DON'T SHARE MY CLOTHING WITH YOU BECAUSE EVERY TIME I DO, IT EITHER GETS, LIKE, A HOLE IN IT OR IT GETS A STAIN ON IT. AND THAT'S WHY I DON'T SHARE MY STUFF WITH HER. >> MY SISTER DOESN'T SHARE THE BATHROOM WITH ME WHEN I REALLY NEED TO GO PEE. >> YOU'RE CONSTANTLY ON THE COMPUTER, AND THEN WHEN I-- >> THAT'S NOT MY FAULT. >> WHEN I ASK TO GET ON, YOU LET ME ON FOR, LIKE, 30 MINUTES, AND THEN YOU GET BACK ON FOR HOURS. >> HE'LL PUT SOME SPORTS CHANNEL, LIKE ESPN, AND I'LL BE LIKE, "I WAS JUST WATCHING TV. WHY DON'T YOU GO DOWNSTAIRS?" AND HE'S LIKE, "WHY DON'T YOU GO DOWNSTAIRS?" >> THE REMOTE CONTROL WAS SUCH A--WAS SUCH A, UM-- AN OBJECT OF--OF JUST, LIKE, BRUTAL WARS BETWEEN US. AND WE'D GET INTO-- IT WOULD STAR OFF YELLING, THEN IT WOULD GET PHYSICAL, AND WE'D WRESTLE, 'CAUSE BACK THEN YOU ONLY HAD, LIKE, ONE REMOTE CONTROL. >> JUST YESTERDAY, MY SISTER HAD, LIKE, A BAG OF CANDY, AND IT WAS A BIG BAG OF CANDY, SO I ASKED, "COULD I HAVE SOME?" SO SHE REACHED IN THERE AND PULLED OUT THE SMALLEST PIECE SHE COULD FIND--ONE PIECE OF CANDY--AND GAVE IT TO ME. >> I CAN SHARE WITH PEOPLE THAT AREN'T HIM. >> EVERYTHING IN MY ROOM IS MINE. >> NO, IT'S MINE. REMEMBER, DAD SAID, "SHARE." >> YOU DON'T SHARE. >> SO WHAT? IT'S MY STUFF. >> EXACTLY! >> CHARLOTTE IS SO COMPETITIVE. I MEAN, IF I GET A GOOD GRADE, AND THEN EVERYBODY'S SAYING, "CONGRATULATIONS, ANNA," THEN SHE'S LIKE, "WHAT ABOUT ME?" >> I'M BETTER THAN YOU AT SOCCER. >> NO, YOU'RE NOT. >> I'M FASTER THAN YOU. >> NO, YOU'RE NOT. >> EVERY TIME WE RACE, YOU MIGHT BEAT ME, BUT I'M QUICKER. >> WHEN WE PLAY BASKETBALL AT MY HOUSE, HE'LL CALL A FOUL ON ME WHEN THERE'S NO FOUL AT ALL. >> I GREW UP A PITTSBURGH STEELER FAN. MY LITTLE BROTHER GREW UP A DALLAS COWBOY FAN. AND I WAS A DODGERS FAN, AND HE WAS AN OAKLAND "A" FAN. SO THE DODGERS PLAYED THE "A"s WHEN WE WERE KIDS IN THE WORLD SERIES, AND THE STEELERS PLAYED THE COWBOYS IN THE SUPER BOWL. AND ON BOTH OCCASIONS WE HAD KNOCK-DOWN, DRAG-OUT FIGHTS. IN FACT, I HAVE A LITTLE SCAR ON ONE OF MY EYEBROWS HERE. >> WE WENT OUTSIDE TO PLAY MONOPOLY, LIKE, ON THIS LITTLE PICNIC BENCH THING THAT WE HAVE, AND I WON BY A LOT, AND SO HE JUST, LIKE, SLAMS THE ENTIRE THING OVER, AND ALL THE MONEY'S, LIKE, FLYING AROUND, 'CAUSE IT'S WINDY. AND THEN HE'S LIKE, "I DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANYMORE." >> MY BROTHER WENT AND TOOK THIS I.Q. TEST WHEN HE WAS REALLY YOUNG, AND HE SCORED 149. A COUPLE DAYS LATER, I WENT AND I TOOK THE I.Q. TEST, AND I SCORED 150. AND SO MY BROTHER, NOT TO BE OUTDONE--HE WANTED TO BE ON TOP, SO HE WENT AND TOOK THE I.Q. TEST AGAIN, AND HE GOT 151. SO I'M THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK AND MAYBE SCORING 152. >> MY SISTER, SHE'S JUST PERFECT IN EVERY SINGLE WAY PRETTY MUCH, TAKING FOUR HONORS CLASSES AND DOING NINE DIFFERENT AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. IT REALLY ANNOYS ME. >> I'M IN, LIKE, ACCELERATED MATH AND ACCELERATED LANGUAGE ARTS, AND SHE IS NOT. >> YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALWAYS A LITTLE RIVALRY OR COMPETITION. WHO WANTS TO DO THE BEST IN SCHOOL OR WHO WANTS TO BE MOM'S FAVORITE? UNFORTUNATELY, I WIN. I WAS ALWAYS MOM'S FAVORITE. >> I WOULD SAY WE WERE MOST COMPETITIVE OVER OUR MOTHER'S AFFECTIONS. AND SO, LIKE, HER BIRTHDAY WILL COME UP, AND I'LL ASK HIM WHAT HE'S GETTING HER, AND HE'LL SAY HE'S GETTING HER FLOWERS, SO I'LL ALSO GET HER FLOWERS, BUT THEN I'LL FIND OUT THAT HE GOT HER, LIKE, AN IPAD. SO, LIKE, HE TRICKS ME INTO GETTING A LESSER GIFT. >> MY LITTLE SISTER, SHE WANTS LONG HAIR JUST LIKE ME. SHE'LL WANT TO WEAR MAKEUP WHEN I WEAR MAKEUP. MY SISTER'S LIKE, "AW, KELLY, ISN'T THIS SO SWEET? YOU HAVE A LITTLE MINI ME." I'M LIKE, "BUT I DON'T WANT A MINI ME." >> MY SISTER, SIDNEY, WILL BE LIKE, "GUESS WHAT I'M WEARING." AND THEN I'LL TURN AROUND AND I'LL SEE HER WEARING THE EXACT SAME OUTFIT AS ME. >> MY BROTHER, LIKE, DID-- LIKE, I WISH HE COPIED ME. INSTEAD, HE DID EVERYTHING I DID BETTER. >> I WAS THE ONE WHO COPIED MY BROTHER. WHATEVER HE WAS INTO, THAT'S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO, AND THAT'S WHY I STARTED SKATING. I THINK HE MIGHT'VE BEEN ANNOYED WITH ME WHEN I STARTED GETTING BETTER THAN HIM. >> WHEN I START TO LIKE A CERTAIN BAND THAT HE LIKES, SUDDENLY HE HATES THAT BAND AND PRETENDS THAT HE'S NEVER LISTENED TO IT. >> THE YOUNGER ONES, THEY THINK IT'S KIND OF FUNNY TO MIMIC YOU IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY. >> I WENT TO SCHOOL. I CAME BACK. AND SHE JUST COPIED ME THE WHOLE DAY. >> I SAID, "YASMIN, CAN YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE?" AND SHE GOES, "YASMIN, CAN YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE?" >> I SAID, "I'M NOT JOKING." SHE GOES, "I'M NOT JOKING." >> both: SO, UM... I'LL BE TALKING, AND HE TALKS JUST LIKE THIS. AND YOU'RE REALLY ANNOYING. [both laugh] YOU SEE? [both laugh] >> SHE ALWAYS PICKED ON ME. >> HE PICKED ON ME ALL THE TIME. >> YEAH. >> YEAH. >> ALL THE TIME. >> ALL THE TIME. >> ALL THE TIME. >> SO HE PICKS ON ME A LOT. HE GIVES ME A LOT OF BRUISES TOO. HE LIKES TO PUNCH ME. >> YOU START PUNCHING ME FOR SOME REASON. >> IT'S MY JOB. >> I FELL ASLEEP ON THE COUCH, AND SHE GOT ALL HER MAKEUP AND PAINTED ME. SHE CUT OFF SOME OF MY HAIR TOO. >> MY SISTER AND I, BOTH OF US REALLY LIKED TO SING AS KIDS. AND OUR FAVORITE WAS THE LITTLE MERMAID. AND I WAS ALWAYS LIKE, "I AM ARIEL, AND YOU'RE URSULA." AND SHE WOULD GET SO ANGRY THAT I WANTED TO BE ARIEL EVERY TIME, AND SHE HAD TO BE UGLY, FAT, LIKE, URSULA, THE, YOU KNOW, SCARY OCTOPUS LADY. >> HE GIVES ME DEAD LEGS IN BOTH OF MY LEGS, SO I CAN'T FEEL. >> WHEN I DO PICK ON HER, I MAKE SURE THAT IT'S NEVER ABOUT HER PHYSICAL APPEARANCE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CONSCIOUS OF THAT. >> OH, THANKS. YOU'RE SO CONSIDERATE. >> I HAD, LIKE, TWISTS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER: BRAIDS, AFROS, PONYTAILS. AND MY SISTERS WOULD MAKE FUN OF ME AND MY BROTHER BECAUSE OUR HAIR WAS, LIKE, LONGER THAN THEIRS. >> MY BIG SISTERS, THEY STILL TREAT ME LIKE I'M THREE. >> HE SEES ME AS THE LITTLER ONE, THE ONE THAT HE CAN PUSH AROUND, AND THERE WAS ONE TIME WHERE HE PUSHED ME, LIKE, AND HE KNOCKED ME TO THE GROUND. >> AND THEN HE BENDS MY PINKIE ALL THE WAY BACK. >> I REMEMBER ONE TIME MY MOM WAS IN THE KITCHEN, AND I LOOKED TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM, AND HE'S STANDING THERE MOONING ME. AND I STARTED CRYING. AND MY MOM IS LOOKING AT ME IN THE HALLWAY CRYING-- "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? WHAT'S WRONG?" "STEVE IS DOING THE..." [mumbling] AND BY THE TIME THAT SHE FIGURES OUT ANYTHING'S WRONG, HE'S GOT HIS PANTS UP AND HE'S WALKING OUT, LIKE, "I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING." [chuckles] >> HE LIKES TO TAKE MY CLOTHES. >> I "BORROW" THEM. >> AND THEN PUT THEM IN YOUR ROOM. >> MY BROTHER IS ALWAYS TAKING MY STUFF, WHETHER HE THINKS IT'S COOL OR IF HE THINKS IT'S VALUABLE AND HE WANTS TO SECRETLY SELL IT WITHOUT ME KNOWING. >> MY SISTER--THEY CAN JUST, LIKE, TAKE MY LIP GLOSS OR MY PERFUME AND SHE'LL SPRAY IT AS MUCH AS SHE CAN BEFORE I CAN COME BACK. >> HE TAKES MY PHONE ALL THE TIME, AND HE KNOWS MY PASSWORD, SO HE'LL, LIKE, GO IN IT AND, LIKE, LOOK THROUGH MY TEXTS AND JUST, LIKE, PLAY ALL MY GAMES AND ANSWER MY PHONE. >> I--I SWEAR I'VE ONLY DONE THAT ONCE. >> SHE SAYS, "SO, ARCHIE, WHO'S THIS GUY?" AND I SAY, "WHAT GUY?" AND SHE SAYS, "OH, I DON'T KNOW. THE GUY IN YOUR DIARY." >> I TOOK HER KEY AND OPENED THE LOCK AND READ HER SECRETS. >> SOMETIMES I CATCH HER TAKING SOME OF MY MONEY. >> I DON'T TAKE YOUR MONEY. >> YEAH, YOU DID. >> I DON'T TAKE YOUR MONEY. >> SAM--SAM, YOU TAKE MY MONEY-- >> I TOOK YOUR MONEY ONCE. >> I'VE TAKEN A BITE OF EVERY SANDWICH MY BROTHER'S EVER MADE. LIKE, WE CALL IT THE SANDWICH TAX. SO, LIKE, HE'LL MAKE A SANDWICH AND SIT DOWN, AND, LIKE, BEFORE HE CAN EVEN, LIKE, PICK IT UP, I'VE ALREADY LEANED OVER AND TAKEN A BITE OF IT. >> YOU TAKE, LIKE, MY GOOD CLOTHES. HE TAKES IT WITHOUT PERMISSION. HE SHOULD ASK FIRST. >> THERE WAS A CUT RIGHT HERE, LIKE, A V-NECK CUT IN IT, AND, LIKE, THE SIDES WERE CUT ALSO, AND I'M LIKE, "TEAGAN, WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY SHIRT?" >> I REMEMBER I HAD MY FAVORITE SHOES. I WAS, LIKE, A LITTLE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD KID, AND MY OTHER BROTHER WAS SIX AT THE TIME. AND HE TOOK MY FAVORITE SHOES. AND I HAD THIS GIRL THAT I LIKED AT SCHOOL, AND I WAS SO PUMPED UP TO WEAR THESE SHOES. I WAS GONNA SEE HER IN MY ENGLISH CLASS, AND I HAD TO WEAR MY ALL-BLACK REGULAR SHOES. SO THANK YOU, LITTLE BIG BROTHER, FOR ALWAYS TAKING MY SHOES THAT'S NOT YOURS. [laughs] >> GROWING UP, I LOVED PLAYING WITH G.I. JOES, AND I HAD THEM ALL IN MY ROOM. AND I HAD THIS BIG, LIKE, AIRCRAFT CARRIER, AND IT WAS, LIKE SIX FOOT LONG. I'LL NEVER FORGET IT. AND I WAS A LITTLE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AS A CHILD, SO, LIKE, EVERYTHING ALWAYS HAD TO BE A CERTAIN WAY. AND THEY WOULD COME AND, LIKE, KNOCK THEM OVER AND RUIN THEM. >> WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING IN THE CAR ON THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE, AND SHE'LL JUST START ASKING A MILLION QUESTIONS, JUST ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND FORCE ME TO ANSWER THEM. >> SO I HAVE THIS MASK... >> HE'LL SNEAK UP BEHIND ME AND SCARE ME WITH IT. HE'LL DO IT CONSTANTLY, AND IT GETS ME EVERY TIME. [screams] >> IT'S SO EASY. >> HE'LL BE DOING SOMETHING, AND I'M WALKING BY, AND HE'LL JUST STICK HIS FOOT OUT AND TRIP ME. >> WE HAD A POOL, AND I USED TO LOVE TO THROW HER IN IT, ESPECIALLY AFTER SHE GOT READY. SHE HATED THAT. I REMEMBER IN HER QUINCEAÑERA, SHE GOT ALL READY, AND SHE WAS ALL MADE UP--AND THAT WAS ONE THING. AND I GOT HER AND I THREW HER IN THE POOL. >> WE DID A SHOW--I THINK WE STARTED IN 1975, WASN'T IT? I'M RIGHT. IT'S CALLED THE DONNY AND MARIE SHOW, AND I REMEMBER DOING ONE THING TO YOU ONSTAGE. THERE'S A PITCH CHANGER THING THAT I HAD. >> OH. >> AND SHE STARTED SINGING, AND I JUST VARIED THE PITCH A LITTLE BIT SO SHE WAS, LIKE, FLAT THE WHOLE TIME. OUT IN THE AUDIENCE, IT'S LIKE, "SHE CAN'T SING." >> YEAH, I USED TO TAKE MY MICROPHONE, AND EVERY TIME YOU'D TRY TO SING A SONG, I'D STICK THE MICROPHONE IN THE TOILET AND KEEP FLUSHING IT. >> FLUSHING IT. >> SO ALL WE'D HEAR IS THE TOILET FLUSHING. >> SO I'D SING, ♪AND THEY CALLED IT ♪ [making flushing sounds] >> I DON'T HAVE A LOCK ON MY DOOR, SO SHE LIKES TO COME IN, AND SO-- >> I KNOCK SOMETIMES...MOSTLY. >> NOT REALLY. >> MAYBE. >> together: NOT REALLY. >> MY BROTHER WILL COME IN, AND WHATEVER I'M DOING HE'LL TRY TO MESS UP, SO HE'LL, LIKE, DELETE SOMETHING OFF MY--MY COMPUTER. >> SOMETIMES IF SHE'S JUMPING ON THE COUCH, FOR INSTANCE, AND SHE ISN'T SUPPOSED TO, AND I'M SITTING ON THE COUCH, AND I'M TRYING TO WRITE SOMETHING-- >> HEY, THAT DOES NOT COUNT. >> AND SHE JUMPS UP AND DOWN. I SAY, "CHARLOTTE, STOP." AND THEN-- >> YEAH. >> NO! JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. >> I HAVE A FRIEND WHO'S A BOY, WHICH SHE BUGS ME ABOUT, AND SO SOMETIMES I'LL BE, LIKE, VIDEO CHATTING WITH HIM, AND SHE'LL, LIKE, COME IN AND BE LIKE, "HI! HI! HI!" >> AND YOU'LL BE LIKE, "ERIK, ERIK, ERIK." AND I'LL BE LIKE, "WHAT?" AND SHE'LL BE LIKE, "HI." >> OH, YEAH. HE'S ANNOYING. >> YOU'RE MORE ANNOYING. >> THAT'S ANOTHER ANNOYING THING YOU DO. YOU DO THIS SASSY GIRL THING. LIKE THAT. EXACTLY. >> BUDDY, YOU GOT TO GO TAKE YOUR SHOWER. DID YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH? YOU KNOW, DID YOU DO THIS? DID YOU DO THAT? >> CAN YOU MAKE ME THIS? CAN YOU MAKE ME THAT? >> MAKE ME CEREAL. GET ME SOME OREOS. >> CLEAN UP THE ROOM. >> GET ME SOME SODA. BRING ME MY DINNER. >> GO TO SLEEP. >> IF HE DOESN'T FEEL LIKE FEEDING THE CAT OR CLEANING ITS LITTER BOX, HE MAKES ME DO IT. >> HE'S LAYING ON THE COUCH, LIKE, "I'M SO TIRED! APRIL, CAN YOU PLEASE GET ME A GLASS OF WATER?" >> SHE'S ALWAYS BOSSING ME AROUND. >> WHAT? >> YES! >> YOU'RE ALWAYS BOSSING ME AROUND. >> OH, REALLY? >> YEAH. >> MM-HMM? >> YEAH. >> MM-HMM? >> MY SISTER AND BROTHER COULDN'T BOSS ME AROUND. I--I HAD THE, UH-- I HAD THE LEAD ON THAT. >> HE THINKS HE'S SECOND IN CHARGE RIGHT UNDER MY MOM. >> SHE WANTS TO BE THE OTHER MOM. >> I'M ON THE COMPUTER, AND SHE GOES, "OKAY, I'M GONNA SET THE TIMER FOR 20 MINUTES, AND WHEN THAT 20 MINUTES IS OVER, I WANT YOU OFF." >> YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH TV. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. >> YOU KNOW, YOU NEED TO START BEHAVING. IT'S NOT GOOD. >> SHE DOES THE SAME THING. >> WHO'S BOSSIER OUT OF THE TWO OF US? ME. >> YOU. >> HONESTLY, I DO DO THE BOSSING AROUND THING BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, OLDER BROTHERS TEND TO DO THAT. >> YOU DO DUMB THINGS. >> I DON'T DO DUMB THINGS. >> IT'S MY JOB AS HER OLDER SISTER TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE DOESN'T DO DUMB THINGS. IT'S OUT OF LOVE. >> UNLESS SHE HAS A COLLEGE DEGREE, I WILL NEVER LISTEN TO YOU, EVER. EVER, EVER. >> HAVING A LOT OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN YOUR FAMILY, THE BLAME GAME IS, LIKE, AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. >> MY BROTHER WOULD TAKE MONEY OUT OF MY MOM'S WALLET AND THEN BLAME IT ON ME, WHETHER IT'S $5, $10, $20. DOESN'T REALLY MATTER TO HIM, 'CAUSE HE'S NOT GONNA BE THE ONE PAYING HER BACK. >> ONE TIME, WE WERE KICKING THE SOCCER BALL IN THE HOUSE, AND I KICKED IT, AND I BROKE A VASE IN OUR HOUSE. AND I BLAMED IT ON KYLE. >> A LOT OF THE TIME MY BROTHER PRETENDS LIKE I DO SOMETHING, LIKE I HIT HIM, BUT HE JUST HITS HIMSELF, AND THEN SCREAMS, "TARA HIT ME!" >> SO HE GOES LIKE... "OW! APRIL JUST HIT ME!" AND THEN HE KEEPS ON DOING THAT, AND THEN I GET SENT TO MY ROOM FOR NO APPARENT REASON. >> SHE, LIKE, TRIPS OVER SOMETHING. SHE--AND MY MOM'S WALKING BY-- SHE'LL JUST SAY, "MOM, HE PUSHED ME." >> NO. IT'S BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY DOES TRIP ME. >> ONE TIME, THE BACK OF THE TV REMOTES, LIKE, GOT LOST, AND EVERYBODY ASSUMED IT WAS ME BECAUSE USUALLY I TAKE THE BATTERIES OUT OF THE TV REMOTES TO PUT THEM INTO MY GAME CONTROLLERS, BUT I-- BUT I ALWAYS PUT THEM BACK. AND THEN SHE RUNS TO MOM, LIKE, "I KNOW WHO DID IT. I KNOW WHO DID IT." >> ME AND MY FRIENDS, WE ARE WALKING, PLAYING BASKETBALL, WHEN SHE WALKED IN, AND SHE SAID, "OH, MY HONEY-BOO, MY BABY." AND ALL--EVERY--THE WHOLE DAY, EVERY OF MY FRIENDS KEPT ON SAYING, "OOH, YOU'RE HER BABY." >> MY LITTLE HONEY-BOO. >> UH-- DUDE, DON'T. >> MY SISTER LOVED TO EMBARRASS ME IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS. >> both: NEVER. >> UH-HUH, NEVER. >> NEVER, NEVER. >> HE'LL COME UP TO MY LUNCH TABLE, AND HE'LL JUST, LIKE, SIT ON TOP OF ME, AND SAY, "HEY, GIRLIE, HOW YOU DOING?" >> WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I USED TO LIKE TO RUN AROUND THE HOUSE WITH UNDERWEAR ON MY HEAD, AND, LIKE, EVERYONE SHE MEETS, SHE'LL TELL THEM THAT STORY, AND IT'S TERRIBLE. >> WELL, AT SCHOOL, EVERY TIME HE SEES ME--IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE HE'S GOING--HE'S ALWAYS GOT TO RUN UP BESIDE ME, BE LIKE, "BROTHER! BROTHER! BROTHER!" >> "OH, DEAR SISTER!" AND HUG ME AT SCHOOL AND... >> YEAH, I TRY TO EMBARRASS HER. >> SHE TRIES VERY HARD. >> I DO. >> I HAD A "CRUSH" ON THIS BOY, AND, LIKE, MY SISTER TOLD THE WHOLE THIRD GRADE CLASS THAT I LIKED HIM, AND, LIKE, I WENT OFF CRYING. THAT WAS, LIKE, THE MOST ANNOYING-EST THING SHE EVER DID. >> Ellerbee: AND WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING SIBLINGS DO TO ANNOY YOU? WHAT REALLY GETS YOU GOING MOST, MAKES YOU THINK OF HOW NICE IT WOULD BE TO BE AN ONLY CHILD? DRUMROLL, PLEASE. [drumroll trills] >> MY SISTER TELLS ON ME A LOT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, PRETTY MINOR STUFF, AND IT'S REALLY ANNOYING. >> IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HER TO KEEP A SECRET, SO IF I TOLD HER ANYTHING, SHE WOULD GO STRAIGHT TO MY PARENTS. >> ONE DAY, I BROKE A GLASS BY ACCIDENT. MY SISTER JUST STRAIGHT UP JUST SAID, "I'M GONNA TELL DAD ON YOU." I'M LIKE... >> SHE WENT STRAIGHT TO MY MOTHER AND SAID, "MOM, ANNA ATE A PIECE OF CANDY!" >> IF I DON'T CLEAN MY ROOM, SHE'LL TAKE A PICTURE AND JUST SHOW IT TO MY MOM. >> I HAD BRACES, AND I HAD TO WEAR HEADGEAR EVERY NIGHT BUT I WOULD NEVER WEAR IT, SO MY DAD CAME UP WITH A SYSTEM WHEREIN IF MY BROTHER COULD CATCH ME NOT WEARING MY HEADGEAR, I WOULD HAVE TO PAY 50¢ OF MY ALLOWANCE TO MY BROTHER. HE WAS LIKE THE JAMES BOND OF CATCHING ME WITHOUT MY HEADGEAR. HE WOULD, LIKE, GO UP TO BED AN HOUR BEFORE ME AND JUST, LIKE, HIDE AND WAIT IN MY CLOSET. AND THE DEAL WAS, IF MY HEAD HIT THE PILLOW WITHOUT MY HEADGEAR, HE WOULD JUMP OUT AND YELL, "HEADGEAR!" AND JUST RUN TO MY PARENTS' ROOM. >> I SCARE HIM AND SAY, "OH, I'M GONNA CALL DAD" OR "I'M GONNA CALL MOM." HE GETS--HE JUMPS AND GRABS THE PHONE AND SAYS, "NO, NO, NO! NO, IT'S OKAY." >> I'D CRAWL UP IN THIS CRAWL SPACE UNDER THE HOUSE, AND I HAD THESE LITTLE PLASTIC ARMY MEN. AND I TOOK A BOX OF KITCHEN MATCHES, AND I WOULD SET THEM ON FIRE. AND IT WAS ALL SAND UNDER THERE, AND WHEN IT WOULD DRIP, IT WOULD MAKE THIS DISTINCT NOISE--"DOO! DOO!"-- WHEN IT WOULD DRIP, AND MY SISTER BUSTED ME. AND SHE SAT AND WATCHED ME DO TWO OR THREE AND THEN WENT AND TOLD ON ME. AND I GOT A SPANKING FROM MY MOM AND THEN I GOT A SPANKING FROM MY DAD WHEN HE GOT HOME. >> WELL, TELL YOU THE TRUTH, IF ANYBODY, I WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE SNITCH BECAUSE I WAS THE BABY, AND MY MOM USED TO HAVE--PLAY A GUILT TRIP ON ME. AND SHE USED TO SAY TO ME, "YOU KNOW, BUDDY, REMEMBER, GOD'S WATCHING. YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME. DID YOUR SISTERS HAVE PEOPLE OVER AND HAVE A PARTY?" AND I WOULD SAY, "I CAN'T LIE, MA. YEAH, THEY DID." AND THAT'S TRUTH. >> Ellerbee: WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I DIDN'T GET BOSSED AROUND OR BLAMED FOR STUFF I DIDN'T DO. I DIDN'T HAVE TO SHARE MY TOYS OR MY CLOTHES, BUT NOT BECAUSE I HAD THE PERFECT SIBLINGS. I DIDN'T HAVE SIBLINGS. SURE, SIBLINGS CAN BE REALLY ANNOYING. YOU'VE PROVEN THAT. BUT I ENVY YOU. FOR ONE THING, I COULD NEVER BLAME ANYTHING I DID ON A BROTHER OR SISTER. FOR ANOTHER, ONLY CHILDREN ARE OFTEN STEREOTYPED AS SPOILED, SELFISH, SOLITARY MISFITS. OKAY, SOMETIMES I WAS-- AM. BUT MAINLY I ENVIED YOU THEN AND ENVY YOU NOW BECAUSE YOU HAD AND HAVE EACH OTHER. EVEN AT THOSE TIMES WHEN ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS WRING EACH OTHER'S NECK. >> NO MATTER HOW ANNOYING THEY CAN BE, I LOVE THEM. AND I TELL THEM THAT, THAT I LOVE THEM NO MATTER WHAT. >> YEAH, WE'RE, LIKE, EACH OTHER'S BEST FRIEND. WHAT CAN I SAY? >> [laughing] >> I THINK IT'S NICE TO HAVE ANNA AS AN OLDER SISTER 'CAUSE I CAN KIND OF RELY ON HER, AND SHE CAN COMFORT ME. >> HE'S ALMOST ALWAYS THERE FOR ME. >> MOST OF THE TIME, HE'S, LIKE, THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD. >> HE'S MY FAVORITE PERSON TO BE AROUND. >> WE'RE LIKE PARTNERS IN CRIME. >> HE INTRODUCED ME TO SKATEBOARDING. I MEAN, IF IT WEREN'T FOR HIM, I PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM. >> WE'RE STRONGER BECAUSE OF EACH OTHER. WE HOLD EACH OTHER UP AND PICKED EACH OTHER UP. >> IN A WAY, HER PUNCHES MAKE ME STRONGER. >> SOMETIMES HE'S FUN-- SOME OF THE TIME. >> SOME. >> MAYBE, LIKE... 52% OF MY LIFE. >> AWW. >> OKAY, JUST FOR A SECOND. >> mwah! >> WE GOT ALONG REALLY GOOD YESTERDAY. >> NO, WE DIDN'T.