The Rants of an Only Child
edited: Monday, August 26, 2002
By Arla Q
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002
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As an only child, I have come across a number of people who stereotype. I have nothing against people with siblings; I'm just in a mood to rant :-)
What do I have in common with Albert Einstein, Tiger Woods, Indira Gandhi, Bill Bradley, Leonardo da Vinci, Elvis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joe Montana, Isaac Newton and Robin Williams? Answer: We are all only children. That’s right. We do not have brothers or sisters.
Don’t ask. Don’t even think of asking me, “Are you spoilt?”
Am I spoilt (or selfish)? How can I answer this? You are in a position to be a better judge of this than I am. I ask you now, “Are you spoilt?” I bet you can’t answer that one either. Not without us collectively establishing a precise definition of “spoilt.” at least.
Don’t ask me, “Why did your parents stop having children?”
I am not the right person to answer this. ? You should ask my parents. I’m sure they have their own reasons. There are many different reasons why people have only one child, some of them are probably very personal. I ask you now, “Why did your parents choose to have 2 or 3 or 4 or 10 children?” Are your happy with this question?
Don’t tell me, “Its wonderful to have brothers and sisters. It maybe hard when one is young, but you appreciate it so much when you are older. I can’t imagine not having brothers or sisters.”
Thanks for letting me know, but trust me, I have heard this one too. You don’t have to feel sorry for me, you don’t know me. I consider myself a well-adjusted individual with a great support system. There are other dysfunctional adults out there who deserve your condolences and sympathy more than I do. They probably have brothers or sisters too.
Don’t ask me, “Do you miss having siblings?”
Well, do you miss having wings? Do you miss having a tail? Sometimes I look at a bird and wonder what it would be like to fly. Sometimes, I look at an animal and feel relieved that I don’t have a tail. But I certainly don’t miss having these appendages. You cannot miss what you have never had.
Think about these things the next time you happen to meet an only child. In the meantime, I will revel in my company which also includes Lance Armstrong, Carol Burnett, Chelsea Clinton, Ted Koppel, Gregory Peck, Charles Lindbergh, Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra among others.
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