Being someone who only knows what it’s like to have a big family, I don’t have much of an idea of how it would feel to not. Growing up with five siblings has shaped me in a way that not having these people in my life would have.
I imagine that being an only child is lonely. I’m sure your parents still love you and give you the world, but I would never want my life to be that way. I used to when I was smaller, but now…I couldn’t have that kind of life even if I wanted to. And I don’t want to.
Of course having a large families with big personalities has its downsides, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re still present in my life. I have never truly felt like I was alone in this world because I have these five amazing people in the same situation as me. We can laugh over the same silly things together, or even find solace in each other when we’re down. I can always count on my siblings to make me laugh and brighten my day. Well…most of them most of the time.
There is always somebody to have your back, as well as someone to blame. If you’re fighting with one sibling, you can go to another. I’ve always liked that.
Besides my siblings, I have a bunch of cousins—some of which I even talk to on a daily basis. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have the kind of extended family that saw each other more than twice a year. I say lucky because although my family is nuts, I have people to laugh and cry with over the insanity that is our family other than my siblings. I love it.
I actually have a couple cousins that are only children. And both never seem to really know a life of being alone because one lives with cousins, and another is basically attached to my baby brother by the hip. I’d say that they got pretty lucky to have a life like that. There are only children who grow up without that kind of extended family to have by their side.
I don’t really know if anyone else in my family feels that blessed as I do. Maybe they don’t, maybe they do. I have never really spoken about that with anyone. Even Rebecca, believe it or not, because I talk to her about most things. I hope that they do. I wouldn’t switch out my lively, crazy, beautiful family for anything. No matter how much they can get on my nerves.
I wouldn’t wish a lonely life on anyone.
Prompt: If you had been able to choose, would you rather have been an only child, or part of a very large family?