As a person with no siblings, I seem to be in the minority. Everyone assumes I'm either spoiled, a brat, arrogant, unsociable, or all of the above (and they wonder why I don't mention it often). Anyway, I get asked a lot of questions as if I'm some rare oddity that deserves a TLC special.
Today, I have compiled these questions and comments here into one blog post, for your viewing pleasure of course.
"Did your parents only want one?"
First of all, this is a personal topic and one that could potentially make you feel like a jerk for all of eternity (or until I walk away at least). Maybe my parents did want one. Maybe my parents wanted another, but couldn't conceive again (the amount of couples who easily have one kid and then struggle to have a second is actually very large and astonishing). Maybe my parents want you to get out of their business. We may never know.
Which leads to another point, why are you asking the child? If you are just dying to know the answer, you should direct your question to the parents who kind of, you know, make the decision about having more kids.
"Wow, you're not as spoiled as I thought you would be."
(I'm still trying to figure out if this is a compliment or not.)
I tend to keep my only-childness a secret for this reason. Pre-conceived notions are worse than your favorite TV show having an off week. My parents don't give me everything I want. I don't have a Louis Vuitton handbag for every day of the week (or any day of the week for that matter). My parents make me work and earn for things just like your parents make you work and earn your own things.
"I wish I was you. I'd trade my sibling any day."
The grass is always greener on the other side, amiright?
"Do you like a lot of alone time?"
Do people with siblings like to spend a lot of time surrounded with other people? No? Well then that should answer your question.
"If I didn't know you were an only child, I'd never thought that you were."
Honest to God I have a girl in my third period who makes this comment to me once a week. Every time I just breath in and then breath out and smile and nod and slowly turn around and let the comment slip away. I mean, since when was the way that I acted based off of how many siblings I have? I must have missed that scientific discovery amidst the smothering of my overprotective parents (which leads me to my next one....)
"Wow your parents must be really protective of you."
Now this one is tricky because I have met other only children who have over protective parents that would put Liam Neeson to shame. I am not one of those. It's funny because we (only children and non-only children as well) can be divided into two categories: those with over protective parents and those with clueless parents. I fall in the latter.
You see, I have no older siblings who have taught my parents the ways of the teenage child. I'm not going to lie, I've gotten away with some stuff. It's not that my parents are really lax and don't care, it's just that, well, they don't know about it.
Now that I am re-reading through this post I realize I may come off as a little snarky but I assure you—it is merely my saracasm. I love being an only child although I went through a phase when I was nine where I would have given my right hand to join the Duggar family. Looking back on things, I'm glad that never came to be.
So, only children out there, do you have anything you would add to the list?
And as always, have a fabulous day.