Being part of the children born right before the fall of communism in Romania meant that I was part of the last peak in terms of births in our country. After 1989 the corresponding figures have greatly decreased, particularly in the 1990s, and only recently have they slightly recovered.
While growing up, my friends (born in the same year, give or take one year) either were only children or they had one other sibling. Those who had two siblings were very rare, especially if these were born after 1989. I am an only child and, coincidentally or not, most of my friends throughout my life are also only children. To have a brother or a sister or more was to my mind something very special. Continue reading