Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kids aren't for everyone

Birkshire Eagle
We're terrified that someone is going to break off from the group and have kids and leave the rest of us hanging. Because that's what happens when you have kids — you get too busy and only hang out with other people who have kids. And every conversation revolves around your kids. It's a good way to ruin a perfectly good friendship.

At this point I doubt I'll ever have children. At the very least, it won't be for a long time. There's just too much I want to do right now and I don't need any kids getting in the way.

And with the world population at over six billion I don't think anyone will notice if I don't partake.

Why don't I want to have kids? Well, the first reason is that I hate kids. OK, hate is a strong word, but seriously, I can't stand to be around them. It's nothing personal, I'm just not a kid person. I especially hate babies.

The worst part is that people always say "Doesn't he look like so-and-so?" and I don't know what to say because I think they all look the same.
. . .
I know, I know. "If you wait until you can afford a baby you'll never have one."

Well, that's just fine with me; better than raising them poor.
Today, the site published a response: Columnist shouldn't bash parenthood
If you follow the link to the full article, you may end up as confused as I. Her column was very personal, and addressed her own feelings about babies - not anything that purported to be objective or apply to anyone else. Is the letter's author so insecure that she wants everyone to feel the same way she does about babies?
Also included was this choice bit:
I'm sure it struck a raw nerve with the couple trying to have a baby for years to no avail; to the parent who just found out her only child has an incurable disease; to the parent who just sent his child to Iraq; to the parent who works three jobs to make it work.
Um... what? I'm sure that couple has better things to worry about than whether one columnist likes how babies smell.
Ultimately, the most confusing thing is why they decided to publish the response letter.
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