5 Things ‘Only Children’ Were Totally Guilty Of Growing Up

Monica Gozalo

1. You had an imaginary friend a little longer than “normal.”

First of all, we reject your rigid idea of “normal.” What is this concept you speak of? Sure, we talked to an invisible person/animal/object a tad longer than some of our friends. Maybe our creativity was just stronger than yours? We didn’t have built in playmates as siblings. We had to rely on our imaginations for entertainment. And how do you just say goodbye to someone who has been part of your life for so long? SORRY THAT WE FORMED A STRONG BOND AND DIDN’T WANT TO ABANDON THE RELATIONSHIP. SORRY FOR BEING SO CARING.

2. You genuinely enjoyed hanging out with your friend’s siblings.

It’s true, a little sister can be super annoying, but only when they are ACTUALLY your sister. We didn’t have to endure any sibling rivalry, so we didn’t mind if our friend’s brother or sister asked to play with us. Especially if there was a hot older sibling. Then we DEFINITELY wanted to invite them to join us, despite our friend’s annoyance.

3. You got SUPER territorial if your parent was paying attention to another child.

Oh, so my mom is “room mom” but that doesn’t mean she’s *actually* your mom, NICOLE. GO TALK TO YOUR OWN MOTHER. THIS ONE’S MINE.

4. You felt kind of weird about the lack of privacy at sleepovers.

Sleepovers are fun as hell. But only children are used to sleeping in their own room with their own space. We had a tendency to stay awake longer than others, not because we wanted to, but because it felt bizarre to go to bed with a ton of other people nearby.

5. You weren’t bad at sharing. (But you weren’t great either)

The stereotype is that only children are bratty monsters unable to share. OF COURSE you learned to share. You just had to practice it a little harder than kids with siblings who were forced into it early on. TC mark

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