1. 11/22/2012

    Ok. Make your own pizza was a before its time bit of genius
    I miss cassettes.
    I too was the oldest and had to suck a few things up.

    • 11/22/2012

      Thanks for the understanding and the love. We oldest siblings have to stick together! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. 11/22/2012

    I admire your writing. Mainly your ability to paint such a vivid picture and such emotion in so few words. Thank you for sharing with us. I’m thankful that I met you this year! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  3. Karen

    I’m thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Luky Luttmann

    You were a very strong girl, I am so proud of you and the life you made for yourself. You were an Incredible young girl then, and now, you are an incredible woman more strong and beautiful ever.


  5. 11/24/2012

    Brooke, that is so scary for a young child ~ or adult. One of everyones biggest fears is to be abandoned, left behind, forgotten or *gasp* not loved. Thank you for your honesty and for being such a wonderful you!!
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving fill with lots of this chutney & LOVE :)

  6. 11/24/2012

    So raw and authentic, Brooke. Thank you. How you recall your emotions, at that age, is a gift – and your gift is in how you tell your stories. I loved reading this…I felt your emotion, and your cranberry sauce should be passed down for generations to come! x

  7. 11/25/2012

    thanks for sharing this heartbreaking memoir – and the recipe – as the oldest I too know how much we tried to suck it up and make everything good even when life really sucked and by being big we somehow made it worse and not better for ourselves… that said I know we are stronger and more independent for it in all ways. xxx

    • 11/26/2012

      Thank you, Lucy. There’s something really comforting knowing we’re not alone. Hugs to you, fellow eldest!

  8. Christian Rene Friborg

    This is a moving entry. I am a first born as well, and I’ve experienced some of the things that you have written about… being left out because I’m “old enough.”

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • 11/26/2012

      Thank you, Christian for your words. It’s nice to know we aren’t alone in our experiences, no?

  9. 11/27/2012

    Love the glimpse into your past…makes you more human rather than a blogger. I’m a purist when it comes to cranberry sauce and will have to try this redition next time it is appropriate. BTW – I’ve only just mastered putting together a bowl of cereal so you’re way ahead of me!

  10. 11/27/2012

    Brooke what a beautiful and moving post! I too was the oldest and had often had to be a “big girl” whether I was ready for it or not. I love how it relates later to your love of food and resilience- and this chutney sounds perfect for this time of year.

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