Before you jump into any conclusions, let me state for the record that no, we are not expecting a baby. However, I feel this immense need to say my piece about the matter, ie babies. Specifically, WHEN couples decide to have their first child.
I love babies. I’ve always did, even as a little girl. I’d be the one cooing over newborns at the hospital while the sister checks out what’s on tv. The best friend recently popped her first child and I think I was beside myself with excitement.
My point is, why do people you barely know like asking questions like ‘so when are you going to have a baby?’
Now. On many occassions, I have been extremely tempted to say: ‘I’m going to Mothercare tomorrow after work to pick one out. Do you think I should get a boy or a girl?’
I mean, seriously now. How do you answer such a question? I find it intrusive and frankly, plain rude. Also, how do you REALLY answer such a question??
There are a couple of exceptions, of course, such as teenagers who act like 5 year olds (ie can’t blame them for not knowing any better), my really close friends whom I believe are asking out of genuine concern and parents and in-laws because, well, it’s their ‘job’ to ask…
I just don’t get the ones whom I barely speak to or know but decide to ask me such personal questions. Can’t you ask me about the weather instead? My new dress? The hairclip in my hair? The file I’m holding? Anything ELSE, really!
I’ve even had people I barely know go into a spiel about how I’m not young anymore and that I should *really* consider having a child, how it’s *really* dangerous to have a child if I’m too old, blah blah blah.
I’d that’s not plain rude, pray tell, what is then?
I really don’t get why people like to poke their noses into other peoples lives. Own life very boring, izzit?
I’m sure many married couples face the same questioning and it got me thinking. What started this strange culture? Do people really think it’s ok to ask such questions and expect an honest answer?