THE BABY QUES­TION

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Letters - – Gail Steele

I have to ad­mit that there are oc­ca­sions when I mo­men­tar­ily hes­i­tate be­fore buy­ing think­ing that the mag­a­zine’s tar­get au­di­ence are ex­pa­tri­ate wives. How­ever, I must con­grat­u­late you for the bold, provoca­tive article in your March 2017 is­sue: “The Baby Ques­tion”, by Verne Ma­ree.

Sev­eral years ago, while sit­ting be­side a swim­ming pool in Kota Kin­a­balu with two friends, we dis­cussed our feel­ings about not hav­ing chil­dren. Like Verne, two of us had felt we could ei­ther take it or leave it. The third friend was less em­phatic and spec­u­lated that her choice to be a fos­ter par­ent was, to some ex­tent, mo­ti­vated by this am­biva­lence.

Though my mother died when I was seven, I had a very happy child­hood, raised by my fa­ther and my brother. Per­haps I lacked the so­cial­i­sa­tion skills to be­come a mother. Any­way, from now on, I will proudly de­scribe my­self as “child-free” – so thank you, and par­tic­u­larly Verne Ma­ree.

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