Family or Only Child?

I came across an interesting question today. The question is, “If you had been able to choose would you rather have been an only child or part of a very large family?”  For me this is a no-brainer. Growing up, and even to this day, I have had a close, tight-knit family. I was born in 1990. My “oldest” sister, Caroline, was born in 1993 and my youngest sister, Abbey, was born in 1997. So I’ve always had “company” for lack of a better term. My only real gripe with Abbey growing up was when my mom told me I might have to share my birthday with Abbey. But that wound up not happening. Abbey and my dad share a birthday so joke’s on them I guess…

But having said that, even if I had been an only child, I don’t know I would have felt that way. As I said earlier, my family were always EXTREMELY close growing up. I had grown up with my older cousins and other family members growing up. We were always close. My grandparents were always within walking distance of us, and at one point for about a year, we lived with my grandparents.

But having two sisters I could come home to/with (we all went to the same schools) and talk to…it definitely helped. Yeah I had (still have) my parents but there is just something comforting and consoling (dare I say therapeutic) having someone closer to me age wise to talk to and confide in. I think that’s what siblings are for.

I think it’s sorta weird where I am now. Abbey and Caroline are both living in  in Philadelphia. Abbey lives with her boyfriend and Caroline is moving in with her boyfriend soon. And yes, I talk to my sisters regularly, but I remember growing up with all us in the same place. Abbey, Caroline and I were always close growing up, but funnily enough, I think we grew closer after they moved out for college.

It is bizarre but my sisters are more than family to me. Abbey and Caroline are my best friends. Period. THE best friends I could ever ask for. Why is that weird, you ask?  Well I have some friends I am close to I consider “family”.

So yeah I never felt alone growing up. In closing, yes I am very thankful to have been part of a large family unit….and I still am. So if you had the option, what would you choose? Only child or part of a larger family? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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