Favoritism....the practice of giving unfair, preferencial treatment to a person or group at the expense of another.
In families, this term gets thrown around a lot. In my family growing up with my siblings; and now in my own household with my two boys. I worry about it so much. My oldest is such a people pleaser. He is very easy to get along with, has a very kind heart and a soul that is older than his years. He understands compassion, empathy, integrity and honesty. He is a stunning athlete, which, like it or not, in this world goes a long way. Oh, he has his moments, and he can be a little handful, but all in all, he certainly has the ingredients for the child who gets favored. Mostly, because he wants to be. My younger son is quite different. He is not as concerned with pleasing people, he wants to do what he wants to do. He is often oblivious to empathy or compassion. His affection and emotions are only offered to a select few people. He is shy which makes him hard to get to know, almost making him seem rude. Introverts always stress me out because I cannot decide what to do with them...do I try harder? do I leave them alone? am I annoying them? am I excluding them? am I over-thinking it? He is also very prone to have nothing to do with things that his brother, father and I enjoy terribly-sports being the most notable. He would much rather be alone than participate in most things we are doing. His interests involve activities that do not always include people like playing with his toys by himself. He can hang out in his room our outside by himself for hours.
But I love each of my boys just the same. I would take a bullet for either one of them without even thinking. It's possible favoritism is just wrapping paper for having more in common. Having more in common does not have to mean anything more or less than that. We weren't all meant to be exactly the same anyway-that's why God made us the way He did.
If in no other record than this one, I want my Tyler and Jackson to know how much I love and truly appreciate both of them. I love each one of their unique and different talents and attributes. They are God's perfect gifts to me; and I thank Him for them each and everyday of my life.