It’s always been interesting to me how different my kids are. They each have the same biological parents and have each been raised together but they are all just as unique as they can be. As I got to thinking about it the other day I realized they were each like a point on a compass pointing their own direction. That of course got me to contemplating which kid was which point. After thinking about it, it seemed very obvious who was North, South, East & West.
Our first born fits the bill for the East perfectly. The East is where the first settlers from Europe landed. It’s where the head of our government is located and it’s generally considered the foundation of America. Cooper is the oldest and is a natural leader. You could say he was the first kid and it was him we built our parenting foundation upon.
The Wild West and home to Hollywood, the drama capital of the world. This couldn’t depict Greyson any better. He is a wild and crazy guy who is full of drama and excitement. He can be as wonderful as the giant Redwood Forest or as crazy as Vegas. You never know what you are going to get with this kid. I can’t imagine what our family would be like without his excitement.
People in the North are very driven. They are goal oriented and sometimes bossy. This is our sweet but sassy Ela. She has no problem pushing her older brothers out of the way to get what she wants and she stands up for herself when she needs to. When she gets her mind set on something that she wants, she is relentless to get it. As the only girl, she is a great compliment to our family.
The South has a certain laid back slower way about it. Our fourth child, Lukasz, is about as laid back and easy going of a boy as you’ll ever meet. He is content to just relax by himself and watch all the action. And he is just as sweet as a tall glass of famous southern sweet tea. He has turned out to be exactly the type of kid you need for your fourth.
It will be interesting to look back in a few years and see if anything has changed or if my generalizations still hold true. So how about your kids? Do you think of your kids as being more alike or more different? What direction are you?
All photos by Remember These Things Photography