Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice
As a child, when I took the day off school due to (sometimes spurious) illness, I used to find myself keeping a mental log of the Olivia who should have been in class. Now she is turning in her homework, while I am in bed with a book. Now she is doing maths problems, while I am on the couch watching Oprah. Now she is running round the oval in her PE clothes, while I am doing a puzzle with my mum. I very seldom envied that other Olivia and the little imagined updates I gave myself definitely enhanced the pleasure of a day off.
For me, my childfree status often works like this too. Now she is up driving people to school, while I’m taking my breakfast back to bed. Now she is at soccer practice, while I’m having a cup of tea in a bookshop. Now she is listening sadly to a friend’s financial horrors, while I have some savings and am able to help.
It wasn’t that I hated the idea of school then and it isn’t that I hate the idea of motherhood now. But I still very seldom envy that other Olivia.
If you enjoy reading about the pleasures of the childless/childfree lifestyle you might like this post about the beauty of undisturbed sleep or this post about the luxuries childless and childfree women can enjoy.
But in the meantime, I wonder if anyone else has a parenting-self wandering around in a parallel universe?