So today Ana was telling me of her ambivalence about having babies:
I have always been envious of good swimmers. As someone who has been taught how to swim a number of times and has failed over and over and over again to learn, seeing someone do a breaststroke from one end of a pool to the other is kind of bittersweet. Me — I can barely keep my head above water.
What is the connection? I ask
Having a child is like driving a car or learning to swim. You have to have done it at a certain point, otherwise the energy or the desire to have one or learn one passes you by.
A lot of people in and out of cyberspace will disagree with you.
So maybe I am speaking only of myself. The inclination has passed me by. Although when I look back, I don’t think I have ever been very inclined to reproduce. When I think of babies or parenting, the impression I get is that of having a thankless job that you are doomed to do the rest of your life. Which makes it totally not worth it.
The thing is, darling, Christian wants to have a kid.
Yes, but it is not as if he’s pressuring me about it. As with all other things, he has a laid back attitude as far as progeny is concerned.
Or so you think.
Well, yes, there’s that.
So you think having kids is like swimming right? And now, you are what? Treading water?
Hmmm … more like wading in a knee deep pond that used to be a river.