Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice
I sometimes wonder if it’s just coincidence that among childless and childfree women of note, a remarkably common trend is a lusty passion for reading. For Oprah Winfrey, “Books were my pass to personal freedom”. For Jane Austen, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” For Amy Tan, “I think books were my salvation”. For bell hooks, “Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books”. For Elizabeth Gilbert, “I did not ache with longing whenever I saw an infant. (Though I did ache with longing, it is true, whenever I saw a good used-book shop)”.
I have no idea if there really is a connection between non-motherhood and a special pleasure in reading, so I’ll just add my own ordinary voice to these extraordinary ones and say that the opportunity to curl up with a cat, a cup of tea and a paperback is something I’m grateful for every day of my life.
If you’re interested in the connection between being childless or childfree and having a passion for reading, you may also be interested in the bias often found in biographies of childless and childfree women or the possibility that childless and childfree women might often be ‘ideas people’.
But in the meantime, I’m reading Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. How about you? Reading anything interesting lately?