As an iceberg weighing more than one trillion tons has broken away from western Antarctica, the neighborhood uncle Damodaran wants to have one more child because he wants a male child now. As globally we are running short of water, the mother-in-law forces her daughter-in-law to have one more child because that’s what she wants. As the Earth’s atmosphere is losing oxygen at an accelerated rate, Gayatri Aunty wants one more child so that her other child wouldn’t be lonely. As Ram and Shyam fights over who can make their wives pregnant again after the 4th child, yesterday was the World Population Day.
Of course, I’m not going to sit here and lecture about how to be a responsible family planner because there are already books written for that, like ‘How not to breed like your life depended on it for Dummies’. Well, at least somebody should write one. I know that this can be a touching topic for many people and coming from a person who as a child used to eat all the twin bananas in the house thinking she will have twins one day might be too much for you to digest. But as I grew up and as I realized my grandmother might have been pulling my leg, the need to have two babies coming out of my body at the same time sort of became a more blurred vision. Also, the fact that a baby should be the ultimate goal of my life after marriage became a far fetched idea. Don’t get me wrong here, I find kids adorable and I would one day hopefully have a child of my own. However, that’s not the sole mission of my life. If it happens, wonderful and if it doesn’t, I’ll still lead a wonderful life with my dog and my man, in no particular order.
I’m not using World Population Day as an excuse or the fact that I don’t envision being a mom right now to not have a child. But if a child is not in my destiny, why do I need to worry and make it my only mission to stay miserable the rest of my life? Or who knows, I’ll have a child who would turn my world upside down and Bigshot’s world a little less nerdy. Until then we aren’t putting any pressure on us and no matter what anyone says, I know exactly what I’m talking about. But one thing is for sure, in this time of a global threat, we aren’t bringing more than one child to this planet. And all the younger generation who envisions a life like the Kardashians or the life of Pandavas, please read up about Earth’s current population and our natural resources before thinking, “One more child isn’t going to make a huge difference” because there are exactly 10 million people who are thinking exactly like you are as we speak.
If you ever feel like you want another child because of a particular interest in another gender baby, go for counseling and also, calculate your probability of having a child of your choice of gender. If you ever have another child because someone forced you to or pressurized you, you need to stay far away from such people and don’t fall for it again. If you ever feel like you should have another child so that he/she won’t be alone, instead of procreating again why don’t both the parents try to be friends with your kid and also let them hang out with other kids. IF you’re like Ram and Shyam fighting about who will have more children, I’ll ask you both to go and jump into a well to prove who is more manly. Just do it!
I might have pissed off a lot of people by now and if I ever have twins by chance, I know exactly who must have prayed for it! 😛 With that note, have a great day/ good night you beautiful saplings of Earth! 🙂
Author: Lakshmi Geeth
I’m an ordinarily odd person who is pleasant to talk to. When I’m not trying to be funny, I would be lying on the floor bawling my eyes out. I write weird stories, real life snippets, traumatic and dramatic memories along with doses of unsolicited advices. 🙂