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22 Faces Every Middle Child Will Understand

I swear it's not all bad.

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1. When you got your older siblings' hand-me-downs.

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2. And then when your younger sibling ended up getting your hand-me-downs.

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Justice.

3. But then they also got newer things because sometimes your hand-me-downs were worn down.

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4. When you think that nobody in your family is paying attention to you.

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Your older sibling is constantly presenting new parenting challenges. And the younger sibling is the last chance your parents have at raising a kid. But the middle child...? You're just there.

5. When you do weird things because you think nobody in your family is paying attention to you.

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At some point, you embrace the non-attention because you can let your freak flag fly.

6. When you go to the greatest lengths to impress and be noticed, and still feel unnoticed.

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Because you’re caught in the middle, everything you do is all about making you stand out. It works most of the time, but there are always moments when it doesn’t.

7. When your older or younger sibling does something and immediately gets recognized.

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Even if you did it better.

8. When your siblings learn that they can team up on you in any fights or arguments.

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It's simple: your older sibling doesn't want one of his younger siblings to best them, and young younger sibling wants to be better than one of his older siblings.

9. When you own your siblings after they decided to team up against you in a fight or argument.

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After years of being teamed up against, you know that 1.) it doesn't always work, and 2.) you've honed and crafted your fighting (mostly verbal; physical not so much) skills.

10. When your younger sibling just absolutely played your parents like fiddles and got what they wanted.

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The goddamn "baby" of the family...

11. When your older sibling was given all of the freedom in the world.

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Only to ruin it for you and your younger sibling.

12. When your older sibling realizes you're old enough for them to hit you back now.

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13. When you also realize your younger sibling can now beat the shit out of you too.

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14. But also when you remember playing with both siblings as kids.

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15. And when you find old pictures of when your younger sibling was born and you see how happy you were.

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On that day — the day when you became the middle child — you were elated, not complaining.

16. When your older sibling inspires you.

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17. When your older sibling says you inspire them.

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18. And when your younger sibling says they look up to you.

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19. Or when you grasp how you actually witnessed your younger sibling grow into an incredible human being.

20. When you realize how insanely lucky you are to have both an older and younger sibling.

21. And that being a middle child isn't so bad.

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22. Because you get to have two incredibly unique relationships with people you love fiercely.

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