Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mariell Amelie and being an only child

I have two siblings and my husband has one. Thomas has no siblings, and we're thinking about keeping it that way. We're also thinking about having another child in a few years. Our minds are not made up, but I have become curious about only children. There are a lot of myths surrounding them that I don't buy into, but I also wonder -- do they get lonely? Or do they just become the kind of people who are comfortable being alone? There's a big difference between loneliness and reveling in a relationship with one's self.

Anyway, the photographer Mariell Amelie is an only child and her self portraits are so full of beautiful isolation. Check her out here.


Winter Moon said...

That's a lovely image.

My daughter's an only child, she's turned out perfectly wonderful in every way.

I have a sister and five brothers, and loved that I always had someone to look out for me when I needed them.

I think, whatever you decide to do, your little sweetheart will be perfectly fine :)

Sonya Mann said...

I was lonely as hell before my sister was adopted, but after that I felt overwhelmed by companionship. Introverts need occasional company too. *shrug* You can raise a happy kid either way!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That picture is beautiful and says so much!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I know lots of only children (who are now adults) that wouldn't change it for the world. I have lots of friends with a sibling that has been a drain and the bane of their existence... I also know people that have siblings that have become super close as adults. It's all a gamble! I would probably base my decision on whether or not to have another child based on if you actually desire to raise a second child, not on any pressure to provide a sibling. Really up to you and your man :)

Isabella said...

I love creative photo portraiture like this. As for the number of children decision, I'm very glad I grew up with a sister, but most of my long-time friends happen to be only children, and they're all very different from each other and had different experiences of only-ness. I think it's nice to have a sibling because you'll always have a playmate (which can also give parents a nice break!) and a partner in crime, but only's are often more precocious and mature, from my experience.