Gag. Had one of the dreaded whatever-oscopies this morning. I'm certainly glad it's over and done with. Needless to say, Gatorade will not ever get past my lips again.
Yesterday, since I work at home, I was able to work most of the day, which was a good thing because working actually helped keep my mind off of all of the things that I was wishing I could eat. Late in the afternoon I plunked myself down in front of the TV and finished a Pine Mountain kit. It was my take-along car project this fall and it was perfect. I just needed to make the pillow insert and take its picture....
Today while I'm taking it easy, I'll answer my October SBQ, too. To remind you,
Where do you fall in the birth order of your family? Do you think that birth order traits have had an effect on your choice of hobby and craft? How so?
I've already told you all that I'm the oldest of five children in my family. We were all born within 2-3 years of each other (and how my mother dealt with all of those cloth diapers, I'll never know). I actually do display about half of the characteristics of a first born, but I don't think we can all be painted with a broad brush stroke based on our birth order traits. I think that the point that Alfred Adler was trying to make was that humans are social beings and as such we are influenced by social situations. My social experience in our family was different than the situation that my youngest brother experienced.
And who controls that early social experience more than our parents? If your parents treat you in a certain way as a first born, I believe it has an effect on your personality. My parents (rightly or wrongly) always gave me a lot of responsibility around the house especially when they charged me to take care of the younger kids. They also laid it on thick when it came to "setting a good example" for my brothers and sisters. I'll always feel that I walked a pretty thin, yet clearly delineated line. And I still do.
I think that early upbringing had a big influence on my choices as an adult. I started off my vocational life as a counselor, but discovered early on that it wasn't a good career for me. The exact science in the textbooks didn't match up to the real world. Duh? But it took 4 years of undergraduate work, 2 years of graduate school and 5 years of working for me to figure that out. Luckily my math minor came in handy in later years and I discovered that I was a pretty good bookkeeper. I like it when things add up. Love my columns of numbers and my reports. I like it when people ask me for a report and use my data for important decisions. It's perfect for me.
As for stitching, I love the precision and the way that things line up just so. I'm learning to love to switch things up a bit, but the crux of the craft is still its precision.
So I guess that's a long answer to a short question. I'm the oldest daughter of my family but I think it's more a case of upbringing than a case of birth order that has formed my personality and directed me to the world of needlework.