Upbeat Family, Life & Living 2019

an exagger- ation.

it would be safe to say that be- fore I wit- nessed the birth of my c hi l dr e n, I thought we were all pretty much born the same.

member, I can re-

before even the thought of having children

in my life, that I said to my occurred But

Same Parents, T

o say: “Before I had kids I was a behav- iorist,” that would be

missing a wonderful expe- rience.

there is It was while watching my to by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~

wife, “If you’re ever preg- nant I’m going to be the old fashion type of dad and sit in the wait- ing room drinking coffee.”

Being in the

ing room, seeing my children born, I can say from the

of my heart, any father choosing not

be depth birth-

second child’s birth that I threw away any behaviorist theories I had. Two daughters, same par- ents, they just popped out different. Our first child was all muscles, appeared to come out in an upright position in something simi- lar to a martial arts stance— wired and ready. Our second child slipped out. I saw this dark black thing come

through. It turned out to be her head and then the rest of her just followed. Pudgy, tiny, relaxed. It isn’t just their physi-

cal appearance that differs so greatly, or the manner in which they were born but their personalities. . . It

pushing Different Kids

was the same parents pretty much doing the same thing and these two different ba- bies are born. And as they grow they continue to show and develop their differ- ences.

some influence on children but our two kids just came out different from the start.

Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, po- ems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.

Environment must have Joke # 2 MISINTERPRETED

His face was pinched and drawn. With faltering footsteps he wended his way among the bustling Christmas crowd.

“Kind sir,” he suddenly exclaimed, “will you not give me a loaf of bread for my wife and little ones?” The stranger regarded him not unkindly.

“Far be it from me,” he re- joined, “to take advantage of your destitution. Keep your wife and little ones; I do not want them.”

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