Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Never Having Kids"

Okay, so I feel like I should explain this to everyone, so no one gets confused or offended.

I love kids--I think they are fun, refreshing, and hilarious.

However, some of you may have heard me (possibly several times) say that I am never having kids.

This usually (read: always) happens when I am in a room/grocery store/doctor's office where there is a child who is screaming their head off, throwing a tantrum, or otherwise causing trama to their parents and those around them.

I understand that kids are just grumpy, sad, or sick sometimes. And I understand that parents only have so much control over the way their kids react to things, whether they are sick or not, or if they fall down and scrape their knees, etc. Maybe there is a good reason the kid is screaming their guts out, maybe there isn't.

So, just in case you hear me mutter under my breath "I'm never having kids," know a few things:

1) When I say this, it's usually because I picture having kids by myself and how difficult that would be.
2) This is my way of not getting completely irritated at the kids (who may or may not know better) or saying something rude to the parents (who may or may not be able to do anything about it--I realize that women with screaming babies still have to go to the grocery store).
3) Having no kids myself, I haven't developed the ability to block out endless minutes of children wailing that they want a treat, toy, or to stay at the playground for five more minutes. Or just wailing for no apparent reason.
4) I am not a bad person.
5) I really do want kids.

3 comments:

Denise said...

Having watched you with your nephews, I know you will make a great mom. Any chance you could change your colors on your blog so old eyes can read the print easier?

Jess said...

As much as I love kids, I have had those moments. I had one in a movie theater about a week ago.

scrap chair potato said...

You will be an awesome mom. I know you are a much more patient person than you make it sound like you are in this post. :)