This article from the Province came to me courtesy of ChrisW. Thank you Chris and Christine.
It’s great when readers send things they think you’ll be interested in. Particularly when it’s something like this. By “something like this”, I don’t mean Ms Lovric’s piece, which clearly shows that Lydia Lovric does not get it, however isn’t about to let that get in the way of a story.
Take this excerpt for example:
“So why are so many Canadians shunning parenthood?
For many, it boils down to materialism and selfishness. Today’s twenty- and-thirtysomethings seem to think that travelling the world, driving fancy cars and living in luxury condos will give them more joy in life than raising children.”
Whew! Talk about preaching. And assuming she knows more about what brings people joy than they do. Still, being childfree we’re used to hearing this kind of blathering nonsense from the childed.
And, as for selfish – is it me or is every single reason she gives for having a child not an inherently selfish one? Like what the heck is this supposed to mean:
“There is nothing that compares to holding your newborn infant, hearing your baby laugh or getting cuddles and butterfly kisses from your toddler. (Granted, the teenage years are likely far from ideal for many families, but
hopefully your kids will make it up to you — if and when they present you with grandchildren one day.)
Right… Holding YOUR newborn infant. Hearing YOUR baby laugh. Getting cuddles and butterfly kisses (what?!) from YOUR toddler…oh, let’s skip the irksome teenage years that can make you rue the day you decided to have the kid in the first place – if you haven’t already. Cos, hopefully YOUR kids will make it up to YOU… with GRANDCHILDREN??
If this isn’t selfish, I don’t know what is. Obviously having a baby is all about what you get from them. Note the expectation of payback by way of grandchildren. That she gives these as a reason to have kids is quite amusing, when in the same breath she blithely brands people who’ve decided not to breed as selfish. Childfree people of course.
No, what I think is wonderful is Chris’s wife Christine’s response, which I asked if I could post on here on Like It Is, along with said article.
So here’s what I’m doing.
- I am going to post Christine’s response first in a post of its own. I think it’s a great response. And it’s much better reading than the article.
- I’ll be posting my opinion of Ms Lovric’s piece. A childfree perspective of course.
- I’ll post the reply Christine received from Ms Lovric.
Read Christine’s response.