Thank you @SGBV for your clarification. As an "only child " let me provide some insight into our lives. From the above quote I understand that you are viewing the "only child" from the perspective of one who has a sibling. I am sure when a sibling is not home there will be a feeling of emptiness because one is used to having the sibling around. However, we, the "only child" folks, never know what it is like to have a sibling at home. We are used to having just mother and father, (maybe other relatives) and for us that is our family. Everyday, when we come from school it is the same environment. So, it is nothing different during school holidays or weekends. We do not miss that sibling whom we never had in the first place. What we do not know, we do not miss. There is no question of emptiness. Also , just as siblings can be creative and roll up a paper ball to play among themselves, we too can roll up a paper ball and toss it into the air and catch it, and spend hours trying different heights, different sizes etc. Let me reiterate what i said earlier - being alone does not mean we are lonely. Trust this helps clear up another part of the life of an only child. I will stop here. Perhaps i need to write an article from the perspective of, about the "only child" .