1. If you got a dime every time someone said, “You’re an only child, you’re so spoiled aren’t you? then I would be considered spoiled.
Sure, my parents probably have a little extra money than they would have if they had to support and raise other kids. But just because I’m the only one they have to care for doesn’t mean they raised me any differently than most people. I have to work for what I want and I’m not handed anything.
2. You’re good at making friends.
I had to entertain myself somehow on family vacations when I was young since apparently old people don’t like swimming until they’re pruney. I always flocked to the large families with lots of kids to play with. Friends were never built in so I had to go find my way, and to this day I’m a good people person.
3. When you tell someone you’re an only child for the first time, their response is typically, “Oh yeah, that makes a lot of sense,” or, “Oh, you don’t seem like one!”
What does this even mean? Typically, I just figure I should awkwardly say thank you to either of those remarks or laugh because what else am I supposed to say?
4. Your parents always blame you.
Who ate all of the Oreo frosting out of the container and put the cookie part back? My parents blame me and all I have to blame is the dog. Who do you think is going to win that debate on who did it? If I’m at fault it will be well known because let’s face it, it’s only me and I have no one else to blame.
5. Sharing a room or a bathroom wasn’t a thing until camp or college.
I never had to worry about getting sick from my brothers and sisters by sharing a room with them. The luxury of my own bathroom was the relief that all hair in the drain was in fact my own hair. Never having to wait to use the bathroom when I wanted to was a dream as well.
6. Calling “Shotgun seat” was not an issue.
Who else would I have to compete with for the passenger seat? My dog? No.
7. Imaginary friends aren’t weird, okay?
I had an imaginary friend and it was totally normal. Obviously I grew out of the phase once I started meeting friends my age, but it kept me busy and happy while my parents did their own thing. Because of being an only child, my imagination was put to work at a young age by making huge scenarios that my imaginary friend would be apart of.
8. Your best friend’s family is basically your family.
My best friends growing up always included me in things that they were doing with their brothers and sisters. I never felt like I was missing out on not having siblings because I was blessed with amazing friends and their families who allowed me to tag along to most things. I’ve been irritated and fought with their siblings just as if they were my own siblings too and I’ve celebrated important events with them just like they were family.
9. You most likely are pretty close with your parents.
I have an awesome relationship with both of my parents and I think it would be slightly altered if I grew up differently. My parents never missed a choir concert or a sporting event of mine because there were no other schedules that conflicted with mine.
10. You aren’t great at sharing (sometimes).
Sorry…………………………. I’m trying ok.
11. You are great at sharing (sometimes).
I’ve seen people less fortunate than myself since I was never forced to share anything outside of a school setting so I think that helps me to be generous with some things.
12. You pray to God you will marry someone with siblings.
My worst nightmare is falling in love with another only child and realizing that in that case, I will never be an aunt. Marrying someone with siblings will allow me to have that large family feel I’ve never had.
13. Your parents have said at least once, “Trust me, one kid was enough.”
I always used to ask why I didn’t have brothers or sisters growing up, but of course my parents replied by bringing up times I’ve misbehaved and conclude that I was enough just based on those bad times.
14. Your house is a shrine of yourself.
I swear my mom ordered multiple copies of every single senior picture I took and placed them throughout the house. My refrigerator is covered with pictures of me, my fireplace has pictures of me… you get the idea. If you didn’t know me and walked into my house, you would immediately know I was an only child based upon the decor of my house.
15. Your relationship with your pet is kind of weird.
When I’m having a bad day, my dog either gets the wrath of me or is the one who changes my day. I requested more siblings, but since my parents disregarded that idea, they first gave me a gecko and then a dog. My dog is sometimes my sidekick because it’s the only other breathing thing in my household who has seen my parents at their worst (love you both).
16. National Sibling Day is always a tad bit awkward.
Here's a pic of my siblings!!!!!