Written on May 24th, 2012
I'm in my early 40s, and I still don't want kids. My husband and I agree that the planet is already overpopulated, and if I ever have the urge or NEED to mother, we will adopt. However, sometimes I am struck by how family-oriented my friends are, and how little I have to contribute to conversations when group talk turns to parenting issues and anecdotes. Sometimes I've actually just wandered away, or just zone out. Also, it is hard to live in a semi-rural area (our careers have taken brought us to this type of area) that is so family oriented - it is hard to find a "tribe" of friends who are inclusive without the "admission ticket" of playdates or the common experience of being a parent. I'd probably be happier in a city where there are more non-parents to meet, or parents who have wider ranges of interests and are more inclusive of the non-parents among them.