The Middle Child
I’m never first
not even last
in the middle
But that’s alright
there’s only one me
and I’ll rise
Wendy ❀ 2015
For God does not show favoritism.
I’ve never given the birth order subject much thought
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.
I’m a middle child too.
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.
“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.
And I know she’s dancing
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.
The greatest gift you can get.
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.
Are you a middle child too?
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.
Give your middle child an extra hug today.
Middle of the road blessings ~ Wendy ❀
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.
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.
And for the rest of you…well
you already had your chance to shine. ;)
So keep on shining.
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