This weekend, when the latest issue of Time arrived in my mailbox, I was excited to see that the cover story was "Why Mom Liked You Best: The Science of Favoritism."
"Yes," I thought, "Finally, science to prove that Blake was Mom's favorite."
I started reading. "Overall, she concluded that 65% of mothers and 70% of fathers exhibited a preference for one child, usually the older one."
"What?" I wondered. "This can't be correct."
Then, just when I was ready to quit reading the article altogether, I stumbled upon it -- the reason my family spent many Saturdays at wrestling tournaments and summer afternoons at motorcycle enduros --"'If you have a child who is different for any reason, especially being the only girl or only boy,' says Salmon, 'that child is going to get extra attention and investment.'" Exactly.
Liam and I are both the oldest. Lord help him. On one hand, I always did pretty well in school and rarely got in trouble. On the other, I
The good news for Liam and his future sibling(s) is, I won't be playing favorites. And, don't worry Blake, I love you anyway.