Yesterday afternoon was a sad one for Maria, our middle child. The baby was crying because of a terrible diaper rash, and Maria attempted to console her with a big hug and words of encouragement. The baby would have nothing of it – only mommy would do.
Being a fairly flexible child, Maria sought out her other sibling, the older one. “I’ll help you build your lego ship, Christopher!” she proclaimed with enthusiasm. But the older boy, having had too many bad experiences with little sisters and legos, declined her offer and closed the door to his room.
And then, from the depths of her desperate soul, our poor middle child cried out: “Oh nooooooo, now I’m all ALONE!”
Being in the middle is no fun sometimes.