I used to have this as a magnet ... I wonder what happened to it.
I've always known that I didn't want to have children.
I've read books on birth order and this is a common feeling among first borns (which I am). They were stuck (sorry, Sister Sarah) taking care of their younger brothers and sisters so feel like they have already had the responsibility of raising a family.
Antonia Zerbisias talks about women not having children in her column today, When there's no baby ... and no regrets.
Here is a snippet towards the end ...
... a 21-year-old pregnant Brampton mother complained that her doctor refused to sterilize her after she delivers her second child. His reason? She may change her mind later.
I know all about that!
I've been seeing the same doctor for about 20 years. In my twenties during my check-ups, I talked to her about getting my tubes tied. And she kept saying no because I was still young and I'd change my mind. The summer I turned thirty, we had the same discussion yet again and she finally agreed to send me to a gynecologist.
The gynecologist agreed to do it but not until October (three months away) because she was giving time to change my mind.
I got my tubes tied as planned and I've never ever regretted this decision.
Some may call me selfish but I enjoy my life. I like having the freedom to do whatever I want and I never pictured kids as being part of it.