When are you going to have kids?

by Rumour Miller on April 11, 2005

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A stranger asked me this the other night at the hockey game….. and I just didn’t know where to put myself. If it were a friend, I probably would have mentioned that we are working on it but nothing to report yet. I had no idea how to answer this lady, so all I said was: we are thinking about it.

Just to share with my readers….. it really can be an insensitive question to ask.

So, when are you going to have kids?
Excerpt taken from Dear Annie for additional responses to the ever popular question…

Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Childless in the East,” who asked you for a good response when people say, “When are you going to have kids?” My wife and I waited to have children. We shut up the insensitive clods by giving them an indignant look and replying, “I cannot begin to imagine how that would possibly interest you.” We both had good jobs and enjoyed traveling. We also saved and invested. We had children when we were ready, and by then, we could provide nicely for them and give them the quality of life they deserved. — George in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dear George: We were overwhelmed with suggested responses.
Read on: *Overseas: I’ve been in the military 12 years and recently got married. I tell people, “If the Army wanted me to have kids, they would have issued me some.”
*Montreal: I used to be one of those people who would ask couples when they were going to have children. One day, a friend quietly responded: “It’s not that we’re not trying, it’s just not happening. It’s painful to discuss.” I don’t ask anymore.

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C April 11, 2005 at 2:42 pm

Was this something someone really asked? Or is a clip from another blog?

Rumour Miller April 14, 2005 at 9:44 am

I was asked this at the hockey game on Friday night. The lady sitting beside me asked.

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