As an only child, married to an only child, who has an only child, the house sometimes feels too quiet and too calm. I often worry that Gage will become too serious like his parents. There are lots of benefits to being an only, but the lonely feeling is not one of them. It’s why I appreciated growing up so close to aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. And now I’m thankful to share that same wonderful family with Gage, even if we are far away.
My nine cousins on that side of the family are all within 15 years of each other and kids came in a timely fashion to most, but not me. Gage is closest in age to Lucy and she just got her driver’s permit! But, when family is together all is good and Gage loves feeling like part of a big family.
Amy and I are only 5 months apart and even spent our freshman year at Ohio State as roommates. Her son is a junior in college and a great kid. Here he is playing Gage in a game of chess at Thanksgiving. See Gage surrounded by all the love? It makes this ‘only’ mama’s heart happy.