I’m catching up by posting my response to yesterday’s prompt (Next In Line), enjoy!
A second #RoyalBaby will soon be joining the Windsors in England. Given the choice, would you rather be heir to the throne, or the (probably) off-the-hook sibling?
Birth order is an interesting field of study, though perhaps more pop psychology than a science with mountains of empirical evidence. I first heard about it when someone in my family brought the idea home from a psychology class; could have been Mom or my sister Sue. The idea we heard was that birth order had an impact on things like development of your personality traits, social skills, etc. Not only that, the traits might be similar in children in large families, once you get to the fourth child. In other words if there were eight children, numbers 1, 4, and 7 may share similar traits, numbers 2, 5 and 8 the same thing, and in our case numbers 3 and 6 also share similarities.
What does birth order in the average family, like mine, have to do with being part of the royal family? Simply this: like it or not, every person in a family has a role to play. Among the many roles we play: the baby, the middle child, the funny one, the smart one, the brave one, the oldest, the babysitter…and, dare I say, the favorite. As much as we may think our Mom has a favorite, she assures us all that’s not the case! Some of the roles might change over time based on life circumstances; we’ve each had our fair share of challenges and successes.
While I’m not sure any of my siblings would agree, I wouldn’t want to switch my birth order with any one of them. I am grateful that I’ve had the chance to be in the middle, it’s a unique and special view of everything that happens in our family.