June 6th, 2005

Illustmaker me

An informal survey for older siblings

I'm a fatherless only child--a daughter to boot--so naturally, I'm thinking about writing an essay for Saga Journal on the role expectations of an older brother toward a younger brother (and vice versa) and the expections of a son for his father (and vice versa).

Now, there's actually plenty of literature out there on fathers and sons, and on birth order, though the latter seems to focus a lot more on the impact of older siblings on younger ones than the impact of younger ones on the older ones. There's a lot already written on expectations and roles in the parent-child thing, but not a whole lot about expectations from one sibling toward another. So, hey... why not just ask? There is danger of being quoted if you say something clever or insightful.

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