[LMB] Competing with - his sister?

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Tue Mar 8 17:42:22 GMT 2016

On Tue, Mar 08, 2016 at 09:39:16AM -0700, Pat Mathews wrote:
> This was triggered by a story in the online news about Donald Trump's older sister, a highly respected, private, quiet-living judge in Federal Court, in contrast to her flamboyant brother.
> Also  by a Dear Abby column a few days ago in which the letter-writer was a hard-working, eye-on-the-goal, would-be cardiologist saddled with do-nothing brothers, ended "I do not want to play Mommy to them."
> We know quite a bit about sons living in the shadows of great fathers and desperate to live up to them or win their approval: Miles Vorkosigan with Aral and with Piotr. We also know quite a bit about men trying to find their own way against over-achieving  brothers who are brilliant, or do everything right, live up to expectations. "Ivan, you idiot!" (OK. Cousin. But the closest thing to a brother either of them ever had.) 
> But what not even Lois has tackled (yet?) is the brother whose *sister* is the achiever, and what do you do then? Dismiss the achievement as "a girl thing?" Revolt? Decide to not even try? Food for thought!

Q: Ooooh! What's the worst thing Lois could do to Ivan?
A: Give him that over-achieving older sister!

:) :) :)

---- Fred Smith -- fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us -----------------------------
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                    And my hope is in you all day long.
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