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Passing The Barbie

Joined: 12/29/2014
Posts: 3
“Who’s going to take care of you when you get old?” Lisa asks me as we pretend we are working out at the gym. Dean and I have been married for two years now. Lisa has been married for four years and Lisa is trying to have her second kid. I am telling her again that Dean and I don’t want to have children, a concept that Lisa, and many other adults, can’t grasp.
“I don’t think you should have a child to avoid paying for a retirement home,” I politely say back as I continue to figure out how to turn on the elliptical machine. Lisa is still looking at me as if I told her I might want to be a sniper. I guess I am a considered somewhat of a vigilante today. I give up on the elliptical and move to the tried and true treadmill. I begin to run as Lisa sits on a bike.
Lisa starts to tell me how she needs to get pregnant soon so that her kids are not too far apart in age. She needs to have two, she tells me, so that they can entertain one another.
Again, this does not seem like a reason to bring a life into the world.
I ask her, mostly just joking, if she is going to name the second child, or just call her “play doll”?
Lisa is not amused by this and turns towards her phone as she spins slowly. I up the pace on my treadmill.
We carry on for another ten minutes on our torcher devices of our own choosing, and then we head back to the office. This has been an entertaining lunch break on two women who’s lives are going in a very different direction.
I think about what I want my life to be in the next five years. Travelling to Africa comes to mind, but changing diapers does not. I think about how lions could be extinct by the time Lisa’s kids are in college. Who wants to grow up in a world that could let lions go extinct? This world needs to some cleaning up in order for it to be the kind of place where young ones want to be born.
I remember my childhood. I had a rather large population of Barbies. The unattainable waistline-leg-chest ratio has given girls all around the world an inferior complex. I have even seen girls on the internet that have had plastic surgery to look like Barbie. What a weird world we live in. I would rather fix this world then contribute to over populating it. I won’t feel bad about not having kids. Instead, I will spoil my friends’ children as well as give to charity. I will continue, as I do every year, to put a Barbie or two in the Toys for Tots bin, because underprivileged children should still get a chance to have a poor body image.
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Comment by warren

Joined: 6/22/2011
Posts: 293
Your choices are yours (and your husband's), certainly not Lisa's. Perhaps you'll change your mind (before or after Africa), but that's your call. I'm not sure I see where Barbie's involved, though it's nice that you're passing them on.
Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 9:29:09 PM
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