My husband and I don't want to have kids now... or ever. When I revealed our decision to a close girlfriend, she responded with shock. "Wow. Well, just don't ever tell anyone. Just lie and say you're thinking about it." Her husband then explained to my husband and me that "We are Catholic. You do know that THE reason we get married is to have kids?" Hearing this, I had to look around to be sure it was 2012 A.D, and to see whether anyone else had found this open disapproval as offensive and comical as I had.
On another occasion, a friend reacted in a similar manner, saying, "Well, just don't ever become one of those women with a chip on their shoulder because you don't have children." What does that even mean? Why can't I just be me, a happy married woman without children?
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