Wonderful piece thank you so much. I now always respond. When asked have i children. Dead or alive? That i find makes others think about what they have actually asked. Soul sister hugs.
I’ve stolen that title from Jess, who has written another great piece over at My Path to Mommyhood
As a couple who couldn’t have kids, I sometimes wish we did more “thumbing our noses at the situation”, as Jess describes it – like going out for dinner in the middle of the week just because we can. I was always very defensive with mums when they moaned about how hard parenting was:
You don’t get an unbroken night’s sleep? I haven’t had one since I was 18!
You never go out? Try a full-time office job and see how it saps your midweek motivation!
You can’t even have a dump on your own? Try a lifetime of silence without any kids at all!
I suppose between the lines I was screaming “Don’t you get that I couldn’t have kids?”. I was pickled in self-pity; it got tiring: all it achieved was an impasse between me and…
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