Today I received a message from Capri Vanderwonken:
For those of you that are NOT a 12 year old girl from my hometown, Capri Vonderwonken is an alias – for Capri (real last name) – that she thinks is keeping my parents from knowing she belongs to the Facebook world.
I shamefully admit I am guilty of helping Capri in this deceptive endeavor. She probably would have figured it out on her own anyway, and then who would be the spy that let my not-so-naive parents know what was going on in their childrens’ virtual worlds?
Besides, I feel bad for the girl – she’s the youngest of 6 with 2 incredibly fair parents. This means a LOT of waiting for Capri; one sister didn’t get her ears pierced until she was 14, so Capri has to wait; another wasn’t allowed makeup until 13, so Capri has to wait; I didn’t have an iPod until I was 17, so Capri can’t have one either – never mind they weren’t invented until I was 17, and I probably would have had one sooner had they been.
You get the picture. Most youngest children get a reputation for being spoiled – I should know, I married the youngest of 6, and he gets teased all the time!
It does seem like Capri does less chores, and I don’t think she’s ever had to get up before the sun to go hoe pumpkins like we did every summer of our childhood…but youngest children have their trials too! (like never getting new clothes, and not being allowed Facebook when all their siblings, cousins, friends, and 845 million other people find it an enjoyable social network.)
I know a lot of people have strong feelings about oldest/youngest children – oldest are bossy, youngest are spoiled, middle are boring, etc. (jk about the boring). But I enjoy helping my youngest sister in her pre-teen rebellion, because hey, I know I was a rebellious pre-teen, and it’s only fair if she is too!
(and the fact that Capri is the only one of my 5 siblings that reads my blog has nothing to do with it.)
Any other oldest or youngest readers out there with strong opinions?
Capri wearing my old sweatshirt – pro and con of being the youngest:
Pro: automatic great style and endless hand-me-downs. Con: endless hand-me-downs.
Capri and me, circa 2008.
(Again, Capri sporting another hand-me-down coat)