Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Turning Point

We recently went out to dinner to celebrate our friend Donna's birthday. This was one of the few group outings I've been to in recent memory where no kids were present. Jeff made the wise observation that such occasions will be much harder to come by in the future, so we should really cherish these moments when we have them.

Given that all the women present were in their early 30s, Jeff's observation invariably shifted the conversation towards kids. We've all put off parenthood for various reasons: marriage, career, travel, finances, illusion of more time, etc. But we're starting to realize that we can only put it off for so long. It was comforting to hear that we're all at similar stages. We all worry about buying homes in good school districts, having multiple children so that they won't be lonely only children, maintaining work-life balance...the list goes on and on. I imagine it only grows exponentially once the children are actually here.

If we were the only ones at the turning point of wanting to become parents, we'd feel really lonely so it's nice to be going through this with other friends. It's also nice to know that if we all become parents within a similar time frame, we'll be able to relate (and commiserate!) as we go through new experiences. I also hope that means we will have kids that are similar in age so that they can play with each other. I know this post is counting so many chickens before they hatch, which I normally try not to do - but for today, we'll go ahead and embrace the optimism.

Santorini, Greece, July 2011

1 comment:

  1. Hi Emily, It is refreshing to read this post of yours since the past few times I came here, it is about travel (just like my recent posts). I don't know how we stumbled upon each other's blogs and so I'm quite excited to read that we might just be of the same age and thinking about all these too. My hubz and I are trying for a kid as we are really not getting young any longer. Let's just take things naturally instead of worrying too much about the future. Things would naturally fall in place! I wanted to follow you as I appreciate our 2-way interaction but I can't seem to find any follow button on your blog. Do let me know how we could keep in touch!

    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière