I dreamt that I overheard my mom say, quite casually, that she’d given birth to three boys before she had me. When I confronted her, very upset, she said that she had been very young and given them up for adoption.

I don’t know what was stranger about this dream – how painfully upset I was, or the fact that my dream-mother had three accidental pregnancies before the age of 23 (when she met my father).

The other day I was thinking about ways in which it would have been nice to have an older brother. But three? God help me. I’d make a horrible middle child.

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