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Expectations vs. reality of being a middle child

I am the middle child of three girls, and when I tell people, they either react with a surprised “woah,” a curious sympathetic expression with the question, “Do you have the middle child syndrome?” or some sort of empathy expressing that they are also a middle child.
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The language of the heavens

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Bits and pieces of the language are scattered across the modern languages of India, but in itself, Sanskrit is incredibly complex. As an example, there are three types of nouns, each with more than 21 derivations, equalling almost 63 different ways to parse just one word.
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Why I love baseball games even though I don’t like baseball

Walking into Dodger Stadium on a warm summer night has to be one of my favorite feelings in the whole world. I love the rush of being with thousands of die-hard fans, yelling and cheering, everyone excited to see the beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. From the overpriced food to the bright splashes of blue scattered everywhere, the atmosphere is unmatchable. I walk into the stadium and suddenly I have an inexplicable sense that I would legitimately die for this team.
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Unconditional love

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I found it difficult to distinguish between the great-grandmother who had given me endless validation and the great-grandmother who would beg for the same reassurance in return. 
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