My question this week was:
Are you an only child or do you have siblings? Would you prefer to be the opposite to what you are?
I am the youngest of four having two brothers and a sister. I am closest to Bro in NZ, but over the past couple of years, Other Brother has been in contact more often though my sister and I have little in common, and apart from birthdays (if she remembers mine) and Christmas, no contact at all.
I grew up with Bro and Sis, OB having gone with his Dad when he and my Mum divorced. He sought her out though and was a regular visitor, though it took some working out from a young age as to who he was and why he didn’t live with us.
Would I have liked to have been an only child? I don’t think so.
My childhood may have been so different and I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the one I did. I had friends who had no brothers and sisters who always seemed to like to play at our house. As kids we were allowed to have fun and get dirty, but one friend in particular wasn’t and her mum used to get quite angry if she scuffed her shoes or marked her frock.
I had my sister’s hand me downs and when I grew out of them, they were given to the family next door as there were 6 kids there, four of them girls.
We used to watch The Waltons and I loved the family closeness they had. Real life wasn’t like that, and I suppose the closest I got was saying goodnight to everyone at bedtime.