Pitter Patter of Little Feet
First comes love, then comes marriage…
You know what comes after. Children, lots of children.
Like some of my peers, I opted for one.
The One Child sat me up and told me in the most serious tone that she could muster, “I want a sister.” I sat there, uncomprehending. She tried again. “Or a brother…” I thought I detected a note of desperation on that one.
Why? My voice was incredulous.
“So I have someone to play with.” Now, that one’s easy. I told her she has her friends, her classmates. She said, “No, at night, when you are not yet here. Yoyow bites (she’s our Maltese) and Yaya always has to finish something…”
What do I say to that except that as an only child, she did not want for anything. We went on fancy vacations, she had shoes when she needed shoes, she went to the best school, did not have to go mano y mano for a toy, or food, or her parents’ affections.
She does not know what she is asking for.
And it also does not help that BabyCenter.com calculator estimated that raising a child would cost some USD$266,698. (to check how much your child would cost you, click here)
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