The Middles

middlesI don’t always post about the next day’s new Food Network episode, but today I’m going to do just that because the show that’s airing tomorrow has a special place in my middle child heart. It’s called, appropriately, “The Middles,” and focuses on a week awhile back when Todd and Alex were both gone for a week with and Bryce and Paige were stuck on the ranch together. These two are in the same boat in life: They’re neither the youngest nor the oldest, they’re neither the first nor the last. Classic middle child scenario.

Now, there are certain words I would never use to describe my two pookie-headed middle children.

Shy, for one.

Timid, for another.

“Pushovers?” Never. Nada. No way, baby!

They are strong, willful, and oftentimes, they take no prisoners. They can wow me with their creativity and confidence one minute, then leave me dazed and confused and wondering how they outsmarted me the next. They brawl with each other while their older and younger siblings are walking around chasing rainbows and daydreaming, and the flip side of this is, they love like there’s no tomorrow.

It’s interesting, actually, that I feel such a middle child kinship with these two very strong personalities. My own Middle Child Syndrome manifested itself in different ways, from shoving gum wrappers up my nose and forgetting about them until they infected my sinuses, to sitting around memorizing Gilligan’s Island episodes until I could recite them word for word for my class, which never really understood the point, by the way.

middles2But oh, the connection I have with these two. It’s a biggun. I love all my children equally, but I love these two in a very unique and indescribable way. They make life exciting, and they bring passion, excitement, enthusiasm, and humor to our house.

When I look at them, my heart skips a beat.

I love my middle children. I hope you enjoy tomorrow’s show!

Love,

Gum Wrapper Girl

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