“I have two children. I have had seven dogs in my life. The dogs were all family, and we loved them to pieces, and while we grieved the death of every single one of them, I'm sorry, animals are not children. There is no comparison between the lost of a child and the loss of a pet.”
Sep 24, 2011 at 11:05:46
“My forty-three year old daughter has turned out to be one of my best friends. She is married with children and a full well balanced life totally independent of me. She and her husband have friends together and separately, and allow each other room for their own friends and activities. Sometimes I don't talk to her for weeks at a time, sometimes don't see her longer than that. I also have a full, satisfying life with friends and interests of my own. But when we have something to say or something to talk about we get in touch or spend time together just like just like other great friends, and we always have an amazingly good time. I have so much respect for her as a person and an individual. While I'm very glad that she will be with me until the end of my life that is certainly not the reason I gave birth to her. Forty-three years ago most women had babies just as a matter of course. It never occurred to me not to have children.
I realize this kind of a relationship between mother and daughter is probably quite rare, but it is a friendship that could exist no other way.
I don’t really care if anyone else has children or not. Whatever floats your boat.
I’m just telling you my experiences. I can’t imagine not having my daughter in my life.”
Lj Hamilton on Sep 24, 2011 at 13:27:22
“Of course you can't. No-one can imagine their life without the people they love in it, but that's only because those people are already in it. You do not miss what you do not have. I couldn't imagine my life without my nieces in it, but of course before they came along I could imagine a life without nieces very easily.”
Sep 24, 2011 at 10:03:42
“You certainly sound like a woman who shouldn't have kids, and that's okay by me. That said, you just don't know what you don't know, and I'm not going to waste my time trying to tell you about it.”
signgrrl on Sep 27, 2011 at 13:07:06
“she knows HERSELF. that's good enough. it's not your business, it's not your decision. thank goodness.”
Chad Wheeler on Sep 26, 2011 at 17:08:00
“Are you suggesting that if I could know what you feel about children, that I would want children of my own?”
Lj Hamilton on Sep 24, 2011 at 13:29:48
“I'm not sure who your comment is in response to (the author maybe?) but I will say back to you "you don't know what you don't know". That phrase works both ways. Parents cannot know what it is like to be childfree (having only seen their life without children through the eyes of people who wanted children), just as we cannot know what it is like to be parents. But, critically, we know that we have no desire to be parents, that's all that matters. Likewise, you knew that you wanted to be a parent. Live and let live, as long as no-one is made to feel obliged to go against their instinct and have children when they don't actually want any. That would be atrocious, and I long for the day that people only have children because they truly want them.”
“You may think you are insulting your wife. She may be plumper than you'd like, but you, sir, have a lousy attitude and speak poorly for yourself. I'd rather know a pleasent but plump person than a mean spirited skinny old goat like you.”
Koeiseun on Aug 16, 2011 at 21:03:28
“Whoa...relax darling, I don't even have a wife...rather a husband....it was a joke. You may not prefer my sense of humor.....But surely you can find other more serious "offenses" to be bothered by.....”
“I hope Mr. Standard and Mr. Poor and all their little buddies know their names are on the list and slowly rising to the top so that someday they will also be deemed a burden to society. I can hardly wait. I want to be first in line to push some of these dopes off the edge of the earth into oblivion so I don't have to continue to support them. Oops, no, wait a minute, that means my name will move higher up the list too. . . . oh well, maybe someone else will be in charge when I am old and helpless.”