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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Brothers and Cousins

Ellen is the lone girl in our family. She has three siblings and four cousins, all boys. She’s also the oldest of the pack.

She has always been respected as The One Who All Must Follow. She is especially loved by Drew, the cousin clutching her knee to make certain she doesn’t flee the scene without him and Calder, the cousin she’s pummeling who calls her nearly everyday to get ‘advice’.

When these two little blond headed boys were born, she decided having more brothers was okay, because she knew what boys were like and she fought with me over who the baby loved more, me or her.

Sometimes when they get hurt they cry for Ellen, instead of me.

Of course, they irritate her too and she doesn’t get much alone time.

Because, whatever she does the boys want to do too.

Likewise, whatever the boys are doing, Ellen will be there giving instruction and orchestrating her boys in all manners of fun and chaos.

It’s a bit like Snow White and the seven dwarfs, except at some point Snow White will probably be the smallest of them all.

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