Hoodwinked by the Princess...



I have heard it said that the littlest ones in a large family are often left to their own devices or "lost in the shuffle". I have seen the looks of concern and apparent compassion on the faces of my elders (who presumably had smaller families) as I chase a tiny "straggler" across a crowded store. The head inclines with a critical eye and gives a disapproving shake...the brow furrows with concern over the "poor little dear" who is so evidently the "one too many". Maybe mom and dad should learn how these things happen...hmmmmmm?

*sigh*

If only these well-intentioned onlookers knew the truth of the matter! Let me describe the reality of the situation for you....

In spite of my aversion to the general use of the term with regard to little girls, I have taken to secretly calling Baby "Princess"...Because Her Royal Highness is clearly the most pampered, petted, and attended to child in the entire family! She is cute...And she knows it. She is brilliant (if I do say so) and uses her many wiles to convince her doting siblings (and parents) to secure her the objects and attentions she desires.

The other children love her dearly and seek her out during the days for a special hug or spin around the room in their arms. She is deeply loved and I don't think I could stop the devotion if I tried. Just this morning, the Big Boy of the house comes down the stairs saying, "Where's my Baby?" She ran flying into his arms and proceeded to direct him around the house at will. It's an absolutely hopeless case.

So, to all of you kind and "concerned" people out there...
I'm sure that it must seem inevitable to you that a small child in such an expansive family must, in fact, be lost in the madness of it all. But I can tell you with confidence that a large and healthy family is not love divided but love multiplied...

...And if Baby has somehow convinced you that she needs some extra petting, I'm sorry to inform you that you have been clearly hoodwinked by the Princess! Know, at least, that you are not alone in that distinction.
Posted on April 17, 2009 and filed under "birth order", "large families", "youngest child", "youngest sibling".