Psychologists wanting to write papers on personality traits associated with order of birth should probably look to my family as a potential case study. Each child perfectly represents the stereotypical characteristics associated with sibling order. If asked, we could even provide a photograph to be indented into the midst of those many thousands of words:
There we are in the backyard, arranged in height order. Penelope is squinting down the camera lense, mouth half open, asking my mother if she knows how to work 'that thing' and to be careful because we don't want yet another out-of-focus thumb in the album. The eldest. Sand-coloured hair and freckles. Already possessing her trademark brow-furrow and jutting chin.
Alice is wearing a pink striped t-shirt, blue knickers and a bucket on her head. At four, she is posed like a can-can dancer; one hand cheekily tipping the bucket back from he