Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Watching Call The Midwife (PBS Sunday evenings) has me thinking about the size of families. I mentioned in the post I wrote about the show that one of the mamas in Nurse Jenny Lee's care had her twenty-fifth child, which prompted my good friend Lotta Joy to ask if the babies just fall out of the mom at that point.
how many siblings do you have? Do you think you come from a large family? Do you think your placement as oldest, middle, or youngest has affected you?
I once met a man who came from a family of 34 children -- eleven sets of twins and the rest single births. I couldn't verify the 34, but I did find the eleven sets of twins on a Web site.
When I was a reporter, I worked with a woman named Barb in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, who came from a family of 18. When I was a geriatric nursing assistant, I worked with a woman named Robin from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, who came from a family of 18. I asked, Do you have a sister named Barb who works at the newspaper? She said, No, but I have a sister named Barbara.
I thought it was interesting that little Waynesboro could boast of having at least two families with 18 children each.
These families make me feel that my five siblings and I didn't come from such a large family after all, but when I was a kid and the last in line to use our one bathroom, I thought our family was huge.
I've read that the oldest child in a family is usually a leader; the middle child or children keep quiet and go with the flow; and the youngest tends to be artsy and creative -- maybe even flaky.
Well, I'm the youngest. I hope I'm creative.
I'm definitely flaky.
My placement in the family has affected my life, and I'm afraid it's not a positive effect. I'm 53 and my four living siblings still treat me as if I'm the bane of their existence. I kinda feel as if I'm punished because our mom made the older kids take care of me. They would get in trouble if I got hurt or was fussy.
Thus, I stay away from family gatherings. I prefer to be treated as an adult, which my friends do.
Now, how about you: How many siblings do you have? Do you think you come from a large family? Do you think your placement as oldest, middle, or youngest has affected you?
As always, I eagerly await your fascinating responses.
Infinities of love,