remembrance of statements past
A few vivid memories that I feel are undeserving of individual posts but that have stuck with me all these years:
1. My college roommate telling me that she couldn’t envision me as a wife and mother. That stunned me, as I loved kids and had been babysitting for years. Still don’t know what she meant by that or if she herself has had children.
2. In my late twenties, while I was in another transition, I told a male friend that I wished I could get married and have kids. His reply was, “I can’t believe you want to be a hausfrau.” I was taken aback by his sneering disapproval.
3. A well-educated and quite independent friend in her late thirties telling me she had met a single fortysomething woman who was involved in numerous groups and athletic clubs and that she didn’t “want to end up like her.” Her statement surprised me into silence.