By Kathleen Guthrie Woods
A friend recently shared this with me on Facebook:
While I strongly disagree, I do feel compelled to share some of my thoughts on this.
- You just sent this to someone you know is childless not by choice. Are you trying to make me feel less-than again?
- So, yeah, I don’t think it’s all about me. Ever. Never did.
- I didn’t need to bring a child into the world to get this. Does that make me a better or more evolved human?
- I’m going to go with “yes” to my last question.
Seriously, what would be an appropriate response to this? If you got it, would you simply un-friend the heartless dimwit? Let’s have some fun with this: Assuming you have no intention of sending a reply, but want to get it out of your system, what would you say? (By the way, I did not reply to her. I sat on this for a couple of months, steaming, until I figured out I could vent here.)
Kathleen Guthrie Woods is a Northern California–based freelance writer. She is mostly at peace with her childfree status.