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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

First in Line

How are you at saying "goodbye"? Is it harder for you to be the one leaving home, or the one left behind? Explain. (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1517).

There is elemental justice in a line. That is why we feel so overwhelmingly aggrieved when someone butts in line. The injustice of it is stark and plain. It is in this light that I have compassion for the firstborn in any family. It is inevitable that some chagrin accompanies the birth of a second child who in many ways butts in line in terms of attention and solicitude--for the firstborn an understandable follow-up question is: "Do my parents now love me less?" Compounded with this hurt and sadness comes a feeling of being left behind. Such is the pain inextricably tied to the procreation of children.

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