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All of my life (until I got married that is) I had wanted an older brother. it was so tiring to have to be up front for everything. You were very lucky.
As I have said many times over, ANYONE who says that THEY love being part of a large to very large family, is often the YOUNGEST child. The youngest child in such families have no responsibility and the longest childhood of all the sibilngs!
Pop, pop, pop in! I am so glad to have you stop by. Of course, when there are large gaps between each siblings of six years or more, then each child is considered to be the respective ONLY CHILD in the family.
I agree with gmwilliams answer and I have seen that in my youngest child who has 12 and 10 years difference with his siblings. Jim is more like an only child.
My mother was the oldest of 10, she had to carry the weight of the family also. Her parents were Black Southern shareshoppers. I know how you feel. I have written lots of stuff on the birth order scenario, especially oldest children!