There are both perks and problems associated with being an only child. In the “plus” category, you have undivided attention, independence, and a lack of hand-me-downs, whereas in the “minus” category, there’s loneliness, no need for a bunk bed, and no sibling partner in crime to share blame with.
Being an only child myself, I have a special place in my heart for the sibling-less kids of GoComics:
For example, having dealt with the only-child-to-college send-off, I feel for Gene, knowing full well that his parents will be calling him every day … and that he won’t mind in the slightest, because he’ll secretly miss them just as much.
I can appreciate Pasqual’s ability to combat the only-child loneliness and find friends anywhere.
Like Heart, I frequently worked only-childhood to my advantage. If I had a dime for every time I’ve played the “you’re going to do this to your only child” card … Classic!
Calvin knows exactly what I’m talking about:
Another thing I was guilty of: explaining to my friends with siblings that the reason my parents never had any other children was because they got it right the first time (right, Mom and Dad?).
I may not have any siblings to share blame with, but at least I can relate to the many ornery only children of GoComics!