April 4, 2010
Unfortunately, protection and dominance are usually bedfellows. But the strong will I had been born with certainly didn't dissipate as a teenager and if there was a battle of wills, I usually won. I rarely won any battles with my parents, in fact my mother demanded total obedience, and I knew through harsh experiences better than to try to challenge her. So, these few victories with my cousins were doubly sweet. There were occasions when I lost the fight, usually because they were bigger and stronger, and those instances cost me dearly, but putting those aside I did okay.