One fairly universal truth is that everyone in the world who is blessed with siblings has, at some point, expressed the view that they wish they were an only child. This usually comes up during two key life stages: the first is early childhood when any and all infractions on the part of a sibling will tend to result in cries for a retroactive only-child status. This particular issue usually resolves itself simply enough as the siblings soon realize that actually, having to share a cake, bedroom, or back seat of a car with another human being is not the end of the world. The second flare-up is sometime in late middle age and only applies if there is an inheritance to be divided up. As the saying goes, you never really know someone until you've shared an inheritance with them. Hopefully, of course, there is either too much or too little money to worry about this, or the siblings can figure it out.
Otherwise, having a sibling is mostly upside. There are more people to share the load of elder care or to call in an emergency. There are people who've shared memories with you and who you can always count on. Your family events come with a built-in best friend. Plus, think of all the spare kidneys! Yep, siblings truly are a blessing. Let's figure out how many of them you have!
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