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Prompted By Birth Order

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Never get in a fight with the youngest kid in his family.

It took years to make that deduction. Finally, it came to me when someone said, “My big sister hits harder than that.”

I was the oldest in my family. Not only could I not take a punch, but I was afraid of hurting my hand when hitting someone else.

And when the youngest in a family started hitting back, it wasn’t me he was punching. No. I was the demon and he was the exorcist.

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Characterizations: funny, well written


  1. Suzy says:

    4 paragraphs, made up of 7 sentences, and just the hint of a story. It reminds me of those NY Times Tiny Love stories, which are limited to 100 words. Yours is even shorter. But it needs a title. Otherwise it just shows up as “”.

  2. John Zussman says:

    Another gem. A valuable life lesson and insight about birth order, packed into a few sentences. Thanks.

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Short but perfect in depicting the impact (emotional and physical) of birth order.

  4. Betsy Pfau says:

    You are packing your own punch here, within a few sentences. Sounds like you learned a lot.

  5. Wise is the son who knows himself Richard!

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