To the Right of Middle Hodgepodge

It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge where Joyce asks the questions and we try to answer.

This is our middle child, Dan. Dan is Addyson and Jaymison’s daddy.

  1. August 12th is National Middle Child Day…are you a Middle Child? If not where in your family do you fall in terms of birth order? Do you hold true to the typical characteristics of oldest – middle- youngest – only child? Elaborate.

I was the youngest of 4 siblings until I was 7 and then our parents had 4 more children with #’s 7 and 8 being twins. I was very self-centered and manipulative. I worked hard at getting my way. There were lots of things I did that my older siblings didn’t do. My two older sisters were model students who got straight A’s. One of the teachers that they both had commented to me once in class that I wasn’t like my sisters. That comment didn’t sit well with me. I think my reply was something to the effect that I was my own person.

2. Tell us about a time you felt like (or you actually were) in the middle of nowhere.

On our drives to Southern California from the State of Washington there is a stretch of Interstate 5 south of Sacramento and north of Bakersfield that is so desolate and barren that you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

3. What’s something you’re smack in the middle of currently?

Dear is in the middle of building his shop. I will be happy when the roof is completely done. He’s 3/4 done with it. Once that is done things should move easier.

4. What’s a food you love to eat that has something delicious in the middle?

There are so many things we enjoy with delicious things in the middle. Today I will choose a burrito.

5. Share a memory from your middle school days, or junior high if that’s what your school dubbed kids somewhere between grades 6-8.

We had Elementary, Junior High and High School. Our Junior high was 7th – 9th grade. In fall of 8th grade we were in Science class when our teacher turned the TV on for us to see the news that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. We were all shocked. There were lots of emotions from students and teachers. It’s a day I’ll never forget. Here’s a photo of our beautiful Montebello Junior High. Sadly it has since been demolished.

6. Insert your random thought here.

Here’s a photo of our new little brother who took my place as the youngest in the family in 1958! I’m the one with two front teeth missing.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leaving a comment.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

13 thoughts on “To the Right of Middle Hodgepodge

  1. A fascinating post which I loved reading. I’ve been the lucky one in our family. The only girl and the youngest. Having read this post I sent a message to my middle son wishing him happy middle child day. Didn’t realise there was such a thing! B x

  2. So many delicious things have been mentioned in the HP today. I’m hungry : ) I imagine it was a little tricky going from being the baby to the middle of a family. Have a great day!

  3. Manipulative? Self-centered? I am gobsmacked. You have certainly come a long way.

    Hope that roof is finished soon for everyone’s sake. Then the fun can begin.

  4. Wow, I can’t imagine being the youngest and then 4 more arrive!!! A burrito is a great answer. I also mentioned President Kennedy’s death. That’s a sweet picture your shared in your random.

  5. Aw – I loved your answers to this Hodgepodge! Such a great picture you’ve shared of you and your siblings! Being third youngest out of 8, I think I got away with way more than my older siblings did! I also had and still do have great role models to look up to.

  6. Oh yes, that drive through San Joaquin Valley is the middle of nowhere. Except for Harris Ranch and its famous aroma.
    I too remember that autumn day in eighth grade. Who could ever forget exactly where they were and what they were doing–I was in chapel when the vice principal came charging in and announced that the president was dead.
    We are making two overnight stops in AZ and NM and then pushing on for Ohio. No sightseeing this trip.

  7. What a beautiful school building. Nothing worse than being compared to your older siblings at school. Fortunately age gaps and single sex schools meant I didn’t have that problem. I can imagine that being in the middle of such a large group of siblings could be a challenge.

  8. Ellen – I can’t imagine that you were ever manipulative and self-centered! And what a shame that lovely school was demolished! Why did they tear it down? Enjoy your weekend!

    • Angie, The Lord has worked on those traits and tempered them. 🙂 The school had to be earthquake retrofitted and it was too costly to accomplish so they tore it down and built a new ugly modern junior high. sigh. Thank you and have a good weekend, too!

  9. I’m the youngest in my family, wasn’t easy to live with! The area you’re talking about in CA is the San Joaquin Valley. We’ve driven that so many times on I 5, it is SO boring that now we drive Hwy 99. It takes about the same amount of time but there’s small towns, and places you can pull off to for snacks and bathrooms. You’re right, it’s definitely in the middle of nowhere!

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