One or Two?

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One or Two?
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 2:55pm

I thought this was an interesting point of view on the benefits of having an only child.  The mom talked about how they feel bad sometimes that their son doesn't have a sibling, but a trip to the playground where he was playing with a little girl made them see it differently: 

I went to the car to get Eddie's lunch bag, which had ice. He held it briefly on his arm, and when he seemed sufficiently recovered, Victoria took his hand again and began pulling it.

"C'mon," she said.

"Mommy," he said, turning to look back at me as she guided him back toward the tree house.

"Victoria, I think we've had enough of the park for today," I said and took Eddie's hand.

She walked us to our car and said goodbye and rubbed the side of Eddie's arm. It was good we met Victoria, because she caught him when he nearly fell off the ladder. But she was as bossy and cloying as an older sister. As we drove off, I think Eddie was happy to be alone again.

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That can be a common concern when deciding to add to your family, while a sibling can bring about benefits, there are always going to be bumps in the road that you'll have to deal with.

What do you think?