My daughter is an only child. Everyone lately tells me she needs a sibling for her own development, so she has a friend, so she won’t be lonely. sigh… yes I had a great childhood with my brother … but there are lots of things standing in the way of my daughter ever having a sibling.
Without going into a rant ( I”ll leave that up to my husband’s GFYS Rants on his facebook profile) lets just leave it at my daughter is a single child. Therefore there are times when she is alone. But does she? At her age right now she’s never ALONE.
Take today for instance. A full day at daycare where she played like she was part of a family complete with brothers and sisters arguing and hugging it out all the same.
What about home? Do you picture a child staring out the window begging for eye contact from a passerby. So not our house. Tonight she helped me with dinner (well stole veggies as I cut them up. She played in the wading pool. Yes that was alone but we interacted, both of us ended up joyfully cooled down from the hot day.
After dinner we walked to our local “cheers’ restaurant visited with a good friend working there and the other co-workers who all know us by name. Small chats with the ladies beside us at the bar where my daughter enjoyed a scoop of ice cream and I had a glass of wine. OH And it was our first time out with her in panties / no diaper and she went and peed in the bathroom there !!!!! Much applause by patrons at the restaurant. (hence the ice cream)
On the way home my husband met us and we played tag, hide and seek, and airplanes as a family. We all had a fabulous time – laughing and being silly regardless of the buses and people rushing by. The only alone she was – was alone in our own world of love and laughter.
The city allow us a multitude of environments to feel a part of many peoples lives, never alone.