“Are you the only child?”
“How many siblings do you have and are you the 1st, 2nd or 3rd daughter?” – Fufu
Hi Fufu! I’m not the only child. I have one elder brother (whom I have casually referenced to before in my anger series and a couple other articles). He’s older than me by two years.
Other than the both of us, it’s my mom and dad in the family. I always think (in jest) that we are one, big, dysfunctional family laden with anger issues, but at the end of the day it’s all good and I’m very happy with the family I was born into.
I understand that not all families are perfect and it’s about learning to make the best out of who you are given in life. You can’t choose the families you are born into and the family members you are assigned (by God or the universe, whichever you believe in), but you can take steps to further the relationships you have with them. That is what I’ve been working on over the years.
Read: How to Improve Your Relationship with Your Parents (4-part series)
My parents do dote on me a lot since (?) I’m the only daughter. It’s a running gag in my family that my dad favorites me over my brother while my mom tends to prize my brother more, but at the end of the day both of them love both me and my brother, and we all care for each other and will always be there for one another.
I do hope to write a piece or two about siblingship at some point in the future, but it’s something out of my reach at the moment as I’m still working on improving my relationship with my parents. (I’m still working on part 5 of the anger series on how to handle angry family members.)
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