I don't know why all our post titles this week have question marks. Perhaps it's a way of saying, "we don't have all the answers". That withstanding, I do have a
bright idea (blogable thought if not completely original) based on a comment recently added to an older post titled Pets as Kids?
Furthuring the dialogue about the "child-substitute" label that has been applied to pets owned by childfree adults, Anita writes:
"A friend of mine saw a picture of me looking down at my dog who was laying upside down and said, 'Girl, you need to start having babies.'"Purple WomenTM know pets and kids are completely different packages of obligation and responsibility. I think that applying the label "child-substitute" makes childed others more comfortable around us to think we are fulfilling a natural urge, but it's none too flattering in implying that something that is lacking.
Is it really so hard for people to imagine happiness in leading a life based on a conscious choice to live differently, say, without children? Sounds a lot like some of the issues gay and lesbian couples face. Hey, at least childfree adults can marry!
[Photo: Buttercup, pictured above is Teri's favorite pet chicken.]
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