Truthful Tuesday: Birth Order

Di is guest-hosting for Melanie while she’s recuperating. Melanie, if you’re reading this, get well soon and we’ll see you when we see you. Di, thanks for standing in and keeping these blog hops alive. Today’s question:

Are you an only child or do you have siblings? Would you prefer to be the opposite to what you are?

I’m the oldest of four boys. Jim, next in the birth order, is 21 months younger; Kip is 11 months younger than Jim; and Pat is almost 202 months younger than Kip. Pat was from Mom’s second marriage: she and Jack (who we called Tex) were married in June 1974, and Pat was born in September 1975.

Mom was the oldest in her family, and there were times I think it was difficult being her oldest, because she was just so good at it. Still, I liked being the oldest: I got my own room and there were other benefits that I can’t think of now.

Mom’s first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage, and I wonder sometimes what it would have been like to have an older sibling, whether that sibling would have been a boy or a girl, what effect if any it would have had on my life. Of course, had that child been born, I probably wouldn’t have been, and the world would have been a darker and drearier place…

12 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday: Birth Order

  1. Interesting to learn about siblings etc.. but I am a weird one who loves looking at pictures from strangers etc.. I am the youngest and my brother is 3 yrs older. I like it just the way it is and I don’t think it would have mattered. My dad was old school so boys were the cream cheese and my mom, being European, seemed to naturally give in more to my brother. He was their boy. Don’t get me wrong, they loved me dearly but if my brother couldn’t see the tv well, mom told me to move so my brother had the better advantage.


  2. Pat’s distance from you guys, makes him a brand new only/oldest according to the theories on that topic. (I am extremely happy being the oldest of three, myself.)


    1. Mom used to call us her “two oldests.” He really was raised as an only child, because we were all out of the house by the time he started school.


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