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El in the middle

I am the most middling of middle children—the middle of 5 and the middle of 3. That is, middle of 3 close in age & 5 overall. My oldest & youngest sisters are both far away in age (17 & 10 years), whereas I'm the second of 3 kids born within 4 years.

The article (click on the caption to learn more about how wonderful we middles are) points out that with so many families now having just 1 or 2 kids, middle children are an endangered species. Not entirely—some 12% of women in their 40s have 4 or more kids.

Most of my friends are oldest, youngest, or only. Why is that, I wonder.

And although it has nothing to do with birth order, I want to say how much I still miss my oldest sister, who died in 2002. Three seems like the right, the joyously stuffed number of sisters.
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