I’m a retired career woman, divorced over 10 years, age 57, and never had any children. I admit that for a long time, being “childless” bothered me…like I was missing out on one of life’s most wonderful gifts, but as the years passed, it bothered me less and less. Now I’m sort of glad I don’t have children and grandchildren. I love my independence. I’ve pretty much given up on the thought of being married again, and I’m okay with that too.
My best friend from childhood has been married for eons and has two children and so far, two grandchildren. Her entire life revolves around her family, kids and grandkids, and she rarely has any time to herself…but she loves her life. I used to envy her, but now I realize that’s just not the kind of life I could tolerate at this age.
I enjoy my nieces and nephews when I see them, and am close to my brother and sister. I value my family highly and am blessed with many very good friends. This is all okay with me now. I don’t feel “left out” because I’m not babysitting grandkids every day or every week. I like my freedom and my private times.
Posted by: Melinda | Wednesday, 12 September 2007 at 01:37 AM