I drove down to Cincy today to take care of my grandma. On the way down, I got the chance to make all of my phone calls that I usually never have time to make. I called my girlfriends in Cincy and my former colleague at the law firm. The conversations all went something like this:
“How was your holiday”?
“Great, INSERT KID’S NAME was so cute. He unwrapped his presents and had a big smile on his face. He’s been starting to talk. Do you think he should be talking more? He hasn’t learned how to go to the bathroom yet. Do you think I should be potty training him yet?…
Before kids, the conversations would have went something like this:
“How was your holiday?”
“Great. I went out dancing. Remember that dance club we went to last week? Saw that cute guy there, too. I hit that running trail that we love. It was so nice to get a ten mile run in and then hit the sauna….”
Why is it that once we have kids, they are all, or at least a majority, of what we talk about? I am positive that I had a full life before M&M but the way that I talk, you would never know. Dance club? More like Kids Club anymore. Workout class. More like Toddler Gymnastics class. The Onion wasn’t too far off when it parodied this dilemma. It has become a game for me and my girlfriends now. As soon as we notice that we are talking only about the kids, we struggle to find at least one other topic to discuss. It’s just that a majority of our lives are spent with these little munchballs so a majority of our conversation turns toward them. But I do feel bad for the poor souls who don’t have kids and have to hear us drone on about our little darlings. Even though I must say that those other poor souls without children tend to spend a majority of their time talking about their dogs….