So, I can't say my life would have been better or worse with siblings, but I do know that I like my life a lot and I had an amazing childhood. People tell me that I'm the "good kind" of only child or they can't tell that I'm an only child. I guess I take that as a compliment, but I don't really know what it means either. I don't go around patting people on the back for turning out to be decent human beings because they were the baby of five. But I guess according to most, only children are supposed to be irrationally spoiled, bratty, and entitled people.
Bratty? From the ages of 3-10, probably.
I think I was afforded opportunities as an only child that I might not have had if there were more kids in our family specifically. Like I got to take all the dance classes I could fit into a week, I attended private school, I had my own room and bathroom, I got a car when I turned 16 and another one when I blew that one up before I went to college, my parents paid for college, the easter bunny and santa went a little overboard.
In addition to those tangible things, I also have a really close relationship with my parents and grandparents, I know how to entertain myself, and often prefer it, I know how to take care of myself and figure things out on my own, and I never had to fight for attention. I've found as an adult, I don't really need or require attention, but I do expect it. It's fine line, but it's there. I didn't need to scream or beg for attention because I already had plenty of it and as a result, I don't really NEED anyone, except of course Jesus. I don't need to be adored, flattered or patted on the back. I don't need it, but I kind of expect it, because I've always had it. This is a super fun nugget of information to uncover while dating, just ask Player ;)
Also only children talk to adults A LOT, we're just tiny grown ups. I was eating at nice restaurants and requesting a cup of coffee after my dinner at the ripe age of 3. I think this is in part due to my only childness, but also due to the fact that my parents treated me like I belonged there. They didn't act like I should be coloring at the kids table, it seemed totally fine for me to be sipping coffee out of china if thats what I wanted. This taught me a very important lesson:
Act like you've been there before.
I could go on and on about the pros and cons of only childness, but it's the only life I know and it's been pretty great. I wish all of you siblings a happy national sibling day! Call your sibling and say I love you, without them you could have ended up spoiled, bratty, and entitled like me :)