The Secret Powers of Middle Children (Middle Child Syndrome?)

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The Middle Child

I’m never first

 not even last

just somewhere

in the middle

imagine that

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But that’s alright

there’s only one me

and I’ll rise

 to shine

eventually.

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Wendy ❀ 2015

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For God does not show favoritism.

Romans 2:11

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I’ve never given the birth order subject much thought

until recently.

I read a post that talked about middle children

(I’ll put the link at the end of this post).

And then I read another one about them

(I’ll also include that link).

It made me think about my middle child.

And the more I thought about him

the more I realized we’ve got something in common

besides our dimples.

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I’m a middle child too.

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But I’m not just a run-of-the-mill-middler.

My older sister was born with Down’s Syndrome.

She was low-functioning.

That meant at an early age

I was thrust into a semi-firstborn role

of helping watch out for her.

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“Mom. She’s eating flowers again.”

I got to be the fink.

Poor Debbie never got a chance to tattle on me.

She wasn’t verbal (not with words).

But I loved her.

And I believe she loved me too.

And when she was near death

I drove several hundred miles in the dead of winter

to visit her in the hospital.

She was in isolation with the H1N1 virus,

and I was able to be alone with her

and sing one of our old songs from childhood.

She had always loved to dance.

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And I know she’s dancing

 in heaven

right

now.

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No.

I didn’t get the privileges of a firstborn (undivided attention).

I got so much more.

I was blessed with an abiding love for those with special needs.

A love for the underdog.

Love.

ℒℴνℯ 

The greatest gift you can get.

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When you know you’re not the center of anyone’s universe,

I think you’re more likely to believe

 in the Creator of the universe.

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Are you a middle child too?

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Whatever position you fell into in your first family,

it’s the perfect place for you

and for all God wants to do in and through you.

He doesn’t play favorites.

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Give your middle child an extra hug today.

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Middle of the road blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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Here’s the link I promised.

Click on the name Eli (His blog is Coach Daddy).

He writes from his daddy heart,

and I should warn you (from experience) that he might make you cry.

But it’s the good kind.

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P.S. – The Secret Powers of Middle Children looks like an intriguing read.

Click the title for a link to an article about it.

You’ll feel honored to be a middle child after you’ve read it.

I am.

And for the rest of you…well

you already had your chance to shine. ;)

So keep on shining.

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grayson&galenxmas

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wendyfav

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