You've heard of Murphy's Law and even the
Peter Principle, but here's a new one: Patrick's Law. Patrick's Law, which
deserves at least equal space in the index of life, states that in large
families, the youngest gets the shortest end of the stick.
The youngest has certain traits that can last to adulthood: "His
clothing will mark him and his position in the family strata. His socks will
droop because of a lack of elasticity brought on by age and the larger ankles
of his brothers. The youngest will generally never hold an original opinion for
fear of being informed he is a klutz by at least one of his brothers. He will
always be referred to as So-and-So's little brother and will NEVER (a) get the
Sunday funnies first, (b) go anywhere without telling at least two persons
where he is going, or (c) be able to read a comic while seated on the family's
Patrick's Corner is a collection of stories about growing up
after World War II in a world where family life, neighborhood interdependence,
and nurturing environments were the norm. The author describes how one family's
steadfast devotion to each other and their foundation of moral values helped
them surmount the challenges of poverty.
Told with the sensitivity of the "baby of the family," this
nostalgic reminiscence is full of warmth, love, growing pains, and the
struggles for survival. The author writes about his "comin' up" as
the youngest of six sons in an Irish Catholic family headed by a widowed
mother. Like most brothers, the Patrick boys fought, but more often they were
friends who talked, laughed, and shared their growing pains with each other.
Even if you have never had to wear hand-me-down clothes or been referred to
as So-and-So's little brother or sister, these stories are sure to touch your
Sean Patrick, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Fayetteville, North
Carolina, where he teaches creative writing at Fayetteville Technical Community
College. He has operated two teen group homes, served as an administrator of a
religious education program at his church, and, along with his wife, has given
lectures on parenting skills. He has written for Catholic Digest and has
also been published in The Liguorian.
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Patrick, a Catholic Digest columnist, offers sentimental reminiscences of growing up Irish and poor in post-WW II America--a tale of shamrocks and hastily muttered Gaelic prayers that never moves beneath the surface. ``Patrick's Corner'' is what Sean and his five older brothers called the intersection in Cleveland where each in turn sold newspapers and performed ten-cent shoeshines for pocket money and to help their widowed mother keep a roof over their heads. Frequented by hard-working office workers, friendly policemen, and Shamrock Pub patrons (who could always be prevailed upon to sing an Irish ditty or sign up for a subscription to the weekly Catholic newspaper), Patrick's Corner was a microcosm of the urban-Irish neighborhood itself, where most of the children attended strict Catholic schools and most families were working poor. As ``gosoon,'' or youngest son, Patrick enjoyed with general aplomb the often overly patronizing attention of his five siblings-- though, as he emphasizes in brief, winsome chapters, wearing sixth- hand socks and underwear, being last in the shower at night, getting assigned to teachers already too familiar with Patrick boys, and having his private life raked over the coals by the family could certainly wear on a kid now and then. Memories include the ignominious death of Sean's favorite uncle; the scandal that erupted when Sean's mother caught the boys smoking; the kindness of a local policeman when Sean was falsely accused of stealing; the complications surrounding his first, very public, date at age 14; and all the squirmy, sweaty, tear-stained confidences of childhood. A nostalgic tribute from the baby of a family--life-affirming, if disappointingly prosaic. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
A bred-in-the-bone storyteller, the author makes this memoir a dramatic, moving and irrespressibly witty delight. A WW II baby, he was the youngest of widowed Kate Patrick's six sons. They lived in a tiny flat in a Cleveland, Ohio, tenement on Kate's pay as a char and the pennies the brothers earned on "Patrick's corner," shining shoes and running errands. As the author shows, the family had little money but otherwise had all they needed: one another. Although he griped about inheriting the last of the hand-me-downs and about the older boys' bossiness, he knew he could count on their vigilant support in important ways. The Patrick brothers helped their youngest bear the afflictions of draconian nuns at his Catholic school (one, they swore, was a former heavyweight boxing champion) and in time taught him the art of courting. There are lively descriptions of ecumenical relations, celebrating the seder with Jewish neighbors and the ordination of a friend who succeeded his father as a Protestant minister, an Irish Orangeman. Today, the Patrick brothers number a judge, a college professor, a businessman, two fire chiefs and the author, who teaches writing at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina, and with his wife Pat has cared for 20 foster children.
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