You’ll find that Frank Gallagher leaves his eldest daughter Fiona to hold down the house, donning the proverbial apron and making sure her younger siblings do their chores, keep a clean(ish) house and stay fed. Fiona, in a difficult position being the eldest of the Gallagher children, takes the responsibility of child-rearing which often results in humorous outcomes.
One example of this in episode 4 when the middle Gallagher child Debbie, after becoming depressed with her Aunt’s passing, decides to steal a toddler from a birthday party. Fiona and the rest of the siblings devise a plan to return the boy to his family while going unnoticed by the increased police presence in the area.
As a middle child, I never felt a responsibility to take care of my younger siblings. But I did become a mom at a very young age and wife to a sailor. While it was certainly my responsibility, I don’t think I was fully prepared for the task of being a mom and living alone, so far away from the support of my family. I got through it though and sure do wish that I knew then many of the things that I do now.
Have you ever felt a similar weight as Fiona feels, like the entire world is on your shoulders? One where the weight of a certain job falls to you, even though you are not the one designated to take on the task?
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