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I am the youngest child in a family of three Each child separated by about a three year difference My sister and I are three years apart and my brother and I are six years apart Being the youngest has its highs and its lows Having two older siblings to look up to allowed me to subconsciously follow whatever they were doing This resulted in similar traits shared by all three Barnhill children It also meant that my first friends before pre-school were my siblings playdates at home As a child I was always trying to be heard always trying to act older so I could run with my siblings and their friends This was viewed as a prerogative by my parents and I should be happy that my brother and sister so joyfully accepted me Being the youngest is hard work never being heard never being old enough There wasnt much I could do about being heard but the problem of being too young according to my brother that is something I could work withAt age twelve I started working out and acting older Lifting weights made me stronger or so I surmised Listening to my parents gave me the extra freedom that most kids my age didnt have When I went to sleepovers with my friends I would do things my friends wouldnt or couldnt do High jinks and stunts of all kinds I in a way became whimsical I was never a trouble maker but I was good at doing things other kids couldnt and I would of course show off every chance I got That gave me the right of passage that I was looking for from the older boys Now that I was hanging out with the older boys I wasnt being treated as the callow younger brother At the same time I still have my friends from school These were my true friends but they werent on the
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