Do you think that grown-up children retain or cast off the fact of their place in the family order?
I got to thinking about this today when I was looking at some old photographs of our family. I’m the youngest of three and I must say I still tend to see myself as ‘the baby’ in lots of ways.
I’ve no concept of what it would be like to be the eldest or in the middle or indeed one of a large family.
Given that we have just one ‘child,’ I’ve come to learn a fair bit about ‘only’ children.
When I say about feeling like the eternal ‘baby,’ I find that quite reassuring and like the security of knowing that the others are there ‘looking out’ for me. I also think that being the youngest may have been a factor in the closeness of my relationship with my parents as I was the last to fly the nest and was an ‘only’ child for quite a few years while the other two were away at school and college.
I’d love to hear your perspectives on this.