Gloria Steinem continues to be a great inspiration. At the TED XWomen conference she said. "I don't want anything I don't have"
It's never too late to be what you might have been--George Eliot
On the finale of Brothers and Sisters, Sally Fields quoted George Eliot at Sarah and Luke's wedding.
(Mary Anne Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian Era. She used a male pen name to ensure that her works would be taken seriously.)
Happy WHOOPS to all of us who did and didn't choose to not have kids!
Sarah Brokaw, a therapist, author and daughter of NBC's Tom Brokay went on a quest to find the key to making the second half of her life the best yet. She describes her journey in her new book "FortyTude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of your Life-Through the 40's, 50' s and Beyond. I'm looking forward to reading this. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41844917/ns/today-books/41844917
Friends of mine are always sending me articles and surveys about how much happier people are who don't have kids. I think they are just trying to make me feel better because I wrote a play called Whoops, I Forgot to Have Kids. I read this article last year --The writer said" From the perspective of the species its perfectly unmysterious why people have children. From the perspective of the individual, however, its's more of a mystery than one might think. Most people assume that having children will make them happier. Yet a wide variety of academic research shows that parents are not happier than their childless peers, and in many cases are less so." What do you think? Is that true?When people are asked to answer anonymously-- Would you do it again? -- a surprising number say--" I'd get a dog instead. If I knew what I was getting myself into I wouldn't have had kids at all. You are never free from their problems. My mother would actually say something like that to me. She would say " Having you was the best thing that ever happened to me, but having kids is not the be all and end all.
SOOOO What do you think?
After one of my readings of Whoops, I Forgot to Have Kids in East Hampton a few summers ago a friend who was there with her mother came up to me and said " As you know, I have three wonderful kids, a set of adorable twin girls who give me a run for my money and a great son who loves sailing and keeps us very busy. I obviously did not forget to have kids, but I did forgot about me and what I wanted to do with my life.