Monday, October 18, 2010

Sense of Belonging

The Middle Child

They don't get the honour of being the first born and aren't coddled like the last born.  Therefore, they often feel overlooked.  The Middle Child project is a documentary, part of a larger project by the Loyalist College Photojournalism program, called Sense of Belonging: The Canadians.  The idea of birth order and the effects on our personality is complex and fascinating topic.  This project highlights those who often feel they are left out of the spotlight.

"I was always wrong because my siblings were always right.  I never did anything right," says Ben Allen, 21, the middle child between his older brother James, 23, and youger sister Madelyn, 17.

 Ellie, age 8, says she feels "squished" between her older sister Charlotte, 9, and younger sister Lily, 6.  Being the middle child she likes that she gets her own classroom at school but doesn't like having to share a room at home.