Not The Best Birthday Reaction (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

An important day for a relative.


My younger sister Jen was born on this day...40 years ago.  I was five years old on March 9th, 1971.  I already had one sister.  Cindy is a just over a year older than me...and she had no interest whatsoever in playing baseball with me.

That's why I wanted the new baby to be a little brother...who one day would be able to play baseball with me.

Word came in, it's a girl. The whole family was thrilled, I was infuriated! How could my parents have a girl, how could this baby not be the baby brother I wanted?

This is the funny part.  I climbed up onto to a high dresser in my parents room and vowed not to come down until this baby girl was 16! ( I don't know why I picked 16 - I was 5!). At that point my announced plan was to do some sort of physical harm to this sister who dared not to be a baseball-playing brother.

 I got over it after what seemed like a long time but was probably about 10 minutes - I was 5.

Now, 40 years later Jen is a great wife and mother and a teacher, even a talented singer and actress.

She's also a great little sister - even if we never did play baseball.  Happy Birthday!

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward


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