September 3, 2010
'Tomorrow' became the end of the week. Time is flying by and the busyness of Spring is intoxicating.
Che just put liquid soap on my toothbrush and brushed hs teeth. And swallowed it. "Yuk," he said. Hmmm. At least it was organic.
I was a little surprised about your responses. So many of you became mums in your early twenties. Inspiring!
I always thought I'd be a young mum. I had no doubt in my mind that before I was 25 I would have a little one in my arms.
And so when my doctor told me that yes, I was expecting, I was a little surprised but not shocked. Almost three years and nine months later I wouldn't change a thing.
And yet the one thing that seems to be the deciding factor in becoming a parent is money.
When Daniel and I discovered we were going to be parents we didn't even own a toaster. And we survived. We flourished even.
I have been watching One Born Every Minute weekly since in started screening on SBS and regardless of the kind of births (and birth support people which, although shocking, represents the stereotype of the typical support person, scary, I know) shown, one subject that keeps popping up in interviews with new parents is money.
The young couples seem to comment on their complete lack of cash. The older parents who are financially stable and well established say that nothing, not anything, can compare to the joy of being a parent. Consciously, I'm sure, the editors have put these clips together, one after the other, a perfect juxtaposition.
We cannot deny that we live in a world largely dictated by money. And I know that if I had four teenage boys who inhaled a loaf of sourdough and a bottle of milk like Daniel does, there is no way I could afford organic food.
Which leads me to my next question: will you/did you let money affect your choices regarding children?