Patrick's Corner by Sean Patrick

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You've heard of Murphy's Law and even the
Peter Principle, but here's a new one: Patrick's Law. Patrick's Law, which
deserves at least equal space in the index of life, states that in large
families, the youngest gets the shortest end of the stick.
The youngest has certain traits that can last to adulthood: "His
clothing will mark him and his position in the family strata. His socks will
droop because of a lack of elasticity brought on by age and the larger ankles
of his brothers. The youngest will generally never hold an original opinion for
fear of being informed he is a klutz by at least one of his brothers. He will
always be referred to as So-and-So's little brother and will NEVER (a) get the
Sunday funnies first, (b) go anywhere without telling at least two persons
where he is going, or (c) be able to read a comic while seated on the family's
only commode."
Patrick's Corner is a collection of stories about growing up
after World War II in a world where family life, neighborhood interdependence,
and nurturing environments were the norm. The author describes how one family's
steadfast devotion to each other and their foundation of moral values helped
them surmount the challenges of poverty.
Told with the sensitivity of the "baby of the family," this
nostalgic reminiscence is full of warmth, love, growing pains, and the
struggles for survival. The author writes about his "comin' up" as
the youngest of six sons in an Irish Catholic family headed by a widowed
mother. Like most brothers, the Patrick boys fought, but more often they were
friends who talked, laughed, and shared their growing pains with each other.

Even if you have never had to wear hand-me-down clothes or been referred to
as So-and-So's little brother or sister, these stories are sure to touch your
heart.
Sean Patrick, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Fayetteville, North
Carolina, where he teaches creative writing at Fayetteville Technical Community
College. He has operated two teen group homes, served as an administrator of a
religious education program at his church, and, along with his wife, has given
lectures on parenting skills. He has written for Catholic Digest and has
also been published in The Liguorian.

 

About Sean Patrick

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Sean Patrick is a retired law enforcement officer who began a writing career with Catholic Digest in 1986. Now living in rural Ohio with his wife, Patricia, Sean is the recipient of the 2001 Gold Award from the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association.
 
Published February 1, 1992 by Pelican Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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As ``gosoon,'' or youngest son, Patrick enjoyed with general aplomb the often overly patronizing attention of his five siblings-- though, as he emphasizes in brief, winsome chapters, wearing sixth- hand socks and underwear, being last in the shower at night, getting assigned to teachers already t...

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Today, the Patrick brothers number a judge, a college professor, a businessman, two fire chiefs and the author, who teaches writing at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina, and with his wife Pat has cared for 20 foster children.

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