Do you favor one of your kids?

My Mom tells me she always knew that her younger brother was loved more. Because her dad, my late grandfather, wanted a boy, so when he got one, he channeled his love to who he wanted so much. It’s not that Mom felt sidelined or neglected but she says there was never any doubt who the favorite child was in her family.

A couple of days ago it was eight years since my grandfather passed. He had battled cancer for two decades and at some point, it seemed like he’d battled for so long that he’d continue battling it forever; maybe he wouldn’t win but it’d be a kind of a draw…



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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day.