I'm sure everyone is familiar with the studies done which profile an individual's personality based on the order they were born into their family. If you google the question you will find studies and data supporting the claims that birth order does affect one's personality and other's denying any affect whatsoever. Now I am no scientist and anyone who knows me will confirm that statement, however being from a family of three children and knowing an abundance of people which hail from families of three children, I think I am relatively qualified to render an opinion of my own based on observation. And what pray tell you ask might that opinion be? Absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt the order in which you were born into your family affects much about your personality. Now with that said would you like to know what I find even more incredible? I believe it affects animals as well.
As most of you know by now, Jackie and I have three Shih Tzus, Poppa who will be thirteen in June, Winston who will be three in October and Brewster who just turned one this month. Poppa and I came as a packaged deal when Jackie and I married and Winston and Brewster are full brothers separated by two liters and are roughly one and a half years apart in age. Poppa and I are both the oldest children in our families. We are trustworthy, eager to please and do not like getting into trouble. We both can take charge if the need arises, prefer the company of those older than us and can be construed as perfectionists and perhaps wound a bit tightly. Additionally both of us can take life a bit to seriously. I think it noteworthy to mention that these are not traits Poppa developed after the younger boys were added to the family, he has pretty much been wired that way since the days that it was just he and I.
Winston and Jackie are both middle born children and sometimes I watch them and can't help but laugh at how much alike they both are. Both are very independent, are very amiable and easy to get along with. Both are willing to compromise as they are used to watching the baby get whatever they want and are more willing to accept and be content with what they have. Both have more than a twinkle of mischief in their eye and have been known to intentionally aggravate just for the fun of it. Finally love them as I do, truth be told each of them can be a bit of a bullhead however both will vehemently deny it.
And then there is Brewster....aaahhh Brewster the classic textbook definition of the youngest child. Brewster is carefree, easy going, (well as long as he is getting his way), fun loving, affectionate and funny. He also thinks everything should be about him, always gets more than his fair share and he definitely believes he is the boss in the family. The only one in the family who has any degree of success keeping him in line is Poppa. Brewster definitely knows to tread lightly when it comes to Poppa.
So there you have you have it in a nutshell, my not so scientific observations on sibling birth order and the similarities between humans and animals. Now I don't mean to imply that humans and animals are interchangeable, but you have to admit it is interesting and does offer food for thought. At the end of the day however one thig is certain,
each of us turn out just the way God intends for us to no matter what the order we are in our family.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.