Friday, August 03, 2007


I have a friend who went through several years of infertility (complete with several mid-term miscarriages). When stupid ignorant nosy people would ask her bluntly how many children she had, one of her responses was "they're on back order".

I never had the guts to do that, and, quite frankly, the question would take me by surprise half the time and I would just be stammering and turning red. (Over the past few years I've learned to anticipate these questions, except for one memorable episode a couple of years ago when I was registering for college.)

But now, considering the tremendous backlog of dossiers in China, I think that "my children are onbackorder" is completely legitimate.

What do you think?


Naomi said...

That's a great line!

Shelley said...

I think it's a perfectly reasonable and appropriate
thing to say. :) I agree with Naomi.

Elizabeth said...

I love it. I get that question all the time.

I guess when you get to be my age most people assume I have kids. It doesn't offend me. I think it's just the way most people are looking for a common bond.

I am going to start using it.

LID 09/01/06

Jen said...

I like it!

I guess all of us get that question--why is it not considered personal???

Beverly said...

Perfectly reasonable explanation. Or they are stuck in paper hell.