Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Advantage to having dodged parenthood #3876

Filed under: consuming,dogs,family,Mark — alison @ 17:27

Sitting in the airport listening to fathers boast about their children’s achievements, I’m realizing that as a non-parent I don’t invite one-upmanship in this area and am thereby excused from listening to long ramblings about Junior’s university adventures.

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So, like, the other day I’m sitting in the car making sure the dogs don’t suffocate while Mark pops into the store to do groceries. While waiting I pick up the Ikea catalogue and as an exercise I decide to page through and pay attention to exactly what excites feelings of envy. Will it be the quality of the light in the rooms? The well-appointed kitchens? The CD collections? Interestingly, it turns out to be the kids. I am envious of people who have kids to furnish a room for, or build a home for. “Nesting!” says Mark when he gets back. So that’s how the Ikea catalogue works: don’t buy this for yourself, buy it for your family. Noted.


  1. Did not having to pay for college make it in the other 3875?
    Or not being called by the school for an appt about his/her behavior?

    Comment by Grace — Friday, July 3rd, 2009 @ 22:14

  2. Grace: Yup, I’m sure both of those are in there! Also, knowing for sure that your dogs aren’t going to look after you in your old age so that you make sensible alternate plans.

    Comment by alison — Monday, March 22nd, 2010 @ 11:35

  3. Hi Alison,
    it’s fifi from SBM, you can contact me directly at the email I’ve used here if you want more info on CSAs. Figured others may not be that interested in our local CSAs!

    Comment by Fifi — Thursday, March 25th, 2010 @ 11:52

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