Does anyone wish they were born an only child? Every "only child" I know has always wanted a sibling, so I've wondered who is the other way.
I have a fairly poor relationship with my siblings. My oldest brother always made sure that I was separated from my other brothers. He encouraged them to tease me and stuff growing up and if I tried to defend myself he'd start to beat me up. Most people say stand up to him, but he hit puberty around grade 3-4 and I didn't really hit puberty until grade 9. I also had an undiagnosed disease that stunted my growth when I was around 2-3 so my older brother has been pretty much a foot taller than me and fifty pounds heavier for most of my life. Any kind of fight was extremely one-sided for me, especially since I hate violence. I don't even like yelling.
For some extremely unknown reason I'm also my sister's least favourite. She's the youngest and looks up to my older brother and my younger (but not youngest) brother. I'm much nicer to her then them and somehow everything is my fault with her. For instance my older brother called me a d-bag (as in said dee-bag, instead of the actual word). My sister asked him what a d-bag is (she is 10 and the most naive girl in the world). My brother than laughed at her and said "You said a word worse than 'crap'" and it made her cry (Yes, I know he is extremely immature and my sister is an extreme goody-goody). anyway, the point of the story is my sister got angry at ME. For some reason it was MY fault for being called a d-bag when she didn't know what it meant.
My brothers are the same to this day, constantly teasing me and such. I'm just used to it and no longer care so I don't bother fighting back, I still know that I wouldn't want to be an only child. My older brother is the only one I really think I'd prefer never knowing, because even when he does something nice it seems more like he is doing something political than being genuinely nice. I really enjoy my younger brother's company when my older brother isn't around. He's actually really nice when he isn't trying to show off by making fun of me, I know he's the only one that I would genuinely be heartbroken over losing. My youngest brother has only recently become tolerable. He's always been unintentionally destructive, so growing up was a burden, but now that he is more careful and I've stopped acting so defensively towards him I can see a strong relationship possibly developing. My sister is nice, and I would miss her if she were gone, but not so much as my younger brother.
So, in summation, I don't think I would like to be an only child. I really appreciate having siblings that have my back if anything goes sour. If anyone goes through the threads I've posted, you may come to the conclusion that my siblings are a big part of my life, because they are. I've never had to deal with bullies because people know that, as angry as we are at each other, we are willing to fight someone at the drop of a hat if they try to pull anything. There are plenty of benefits to being an only child (like my parents would have a lot more money to spend on me , and I'd have more privacy), but I prefer having the company.
What about you guys?