Opinion & Essays
- Feb, 1994 Issue #26
IF I HADN'T HAD CHILDREN
From a speech by Marianne Neifert, M.D.
If I hadn't had children, I probably would have had more money and material things. I probably would
have gone more places, gotten more sleep, pampered myself more. My life would have been much more boring and predictable. As a result
of being a parent, I have laughed harder, cried more often. I have worried more and hurried more. I've had less sleep, but somehow
I've had more fun. I've learned more, grown more. My heart has ached harder, and I've loved to a capacity beyond my imagination. I've
given more of myself, but I've derived more meaning from life.
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