Monday, October 01, 2007

A thank-you to my childless friends and family

To those of you who have chosen to take a path other than as parents, I salute you. You are brave and strong to have made that choice, one that may illicit criticism and questions from some.

To me, you never have to defend your choice, just as you've never asked me to defend my decision to become a parent.

In fact, your choice was much harder. In the time most of us grew up, it was simply expected that we would settle down, get married and raise a family.
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If we did find a partner, the "When are you going to have a baby?" question soon followed.

But you knew that wasn't the path for you, and you stuck to your guns. Parenting isn't always an innate need, and it certainly isn't for everyone.
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