Filling the Gaps M
y wife has a the- ory that the sec-
has to fill the gaps the first one leaves available. It wouldn’t work to try and outdo the first child what
first child a l re a dy
does, so the second child goes in a different direc- tion. If the first is shy the second is outgoing. If the first is quiet the second is
loud, and so on.
As the oldest child, I was never given
curfew... it was never neces - sary. My brother, child num- ber
had strict curfews. I can still hear feet
sidewalk as the clock was striking twelve.
ing up the There
were times when he would sit on the curb out- side the house waiting, so
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he wouldn’t arrive home early.
In some ways this sec- ond child stuff scares me. My second child is your typical
Now, when she is defi- ant, (“No, I don’t want to.”) it’s no big deal. But I think what my friend said. “Girls are nice when they’re young so they can be horrors when they’re teenagers.”
The guy who told me this has two sons. They all
came by to visit.
While I tried to visit with the dad, the noisy, the chaos, the banging, the boys made was crazy. At one point the house shook
when one boy was tossed into the wall by the other. When they left nothing was broken but my calm.
I feel blessed to have girls – teenage years and all.
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