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In Response to RE: Rites of Passage by Sparkel18
Oddly enough, there was a discussion on the "Today Show" about birth order and our different characteristics. The sister I wrote about earlier was actually the middle child, three years younger than I. I have an additional sister who is nine years younger and on some charts she classifies as another first born since in many ways she became an "only" child.
But one of the things they said this morning about the middle child is that they are secretive. I'd never heard this before nor thought about it, but it was so true. Even though I shared a room with my sister, I did not know she was smoking until I began to smoke when I was a junior in college. It was after her death three years ago that I learned she had told her daughters very little about the way we grew up and they were asking me questions. That is one of the things that made me begin to write again, so in an odd way, I suppose I owe her a debt of gratitude, although I regret that she was so secretive that I really didn't know her very well.