If you got into mischief or hurt, he got scolded, too, because he was the eldest.
When he wanted time with his friends, I made him take you along to give me time to catch up on the housework, bills, meals; because he was the eldest.
He taught you to swim, ride a bike, change a flat and tie your tie; because he was the eldest.
When he came home from college one weekend and gave you his old pickup, his only mode of transportation, so you could have a car to drive to high school, he did so because he was the eldest.
When he would try to give you guidance and chastise you, you would get angry and yell at him that he wasn't your father and couldn't tell you anything, not realizing that it was his right; because he was the eldest.
I gave him that right, when without thinking, I cheated him of his carefree childhood days; because he was the eldest.
When I ran out of money for his college and he had to return home, he was disappointed with life's circumstances, but has made adjustments to be able to attend another college on his own, he showed his wisdom of dealing with challenges; because he was the eldest.
Yes, he is more serious, but he has also grown into a responsible young man, a leader, not a follower, honest and hardworking; because he was the eldest.
So to all the first-born, you know who you are, my heart swells with pride on your accomplishments, I thank you as a parent, for helping me carry my load and I apologize for not giving you more to smile about, because you were the eldest.
LINDA WILSON VALENZUELA