When I was little, my dad would call me pajarita sin cola. It was an affectionate nickname and I liked it, I never thought much about what it meant. Then when my brother was born, my dad started calling him pajarito CON cola. This confused me. Why was he bird WITH a tail, whilst I was WITHOUT? I asked my dad and he told me that it was because David had a willy. I was really embarrassed to be talking to my dad about things like that, so I just left it. But I remember feeling quite jealous, that there was this thing that my brother had that I didn’t have, and I wasn’t sure how it had come about that I was without. I’ve been wondering about that ever since.
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