Thursday, July 19, 2007

hands off my belly!

This is an article I came across today on the MSN home page. While the author is a little more blunt & harsh than I would be, I completely relate to her grievances. She explains some of the feelings that I usually supress in order to avoid offending people. Please take a minute to read the article & then come back to my blog for comments.

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Don't get me wrong - I don't mind when friends & family ask me when I plan to have a baby. Granted, it does get a little annoying, but I respect that they are curious about my life plans. However, when the random church member or distant acquaintance from 10 years ago asks what I consider to be a very personal question, it gets to me. Please don't get me wrong - if you are a friend of mine or a family member, you are more than welcome to ask about our family plans. But if you are a complete stranger, or anyone with whom I do not come in contact on a regular basis, it's really none of your business.

Thank you.


  1. Ditto. I DEFINATELY second the motion!

  2. So, when do you think Toby may have puppies?

    The article really addresses several important topics. Discipline and teaching children manners certainly needs more attention today. I can't imagine a friendship close enough to slide a hand under a shirt to ask about pregnancy!

    We tend to snicker at the Catholic approach to birth control--just do what comes naturally and leave God in control. But the more we try to assume God's role with various methods of birth control, the more frustrated we become with our lack of control. A good answer to the "when" question is "When God thinks it is time".

  3. Yes, I agree with all of the above, and also, when you are pregnant, people still put their (uninvited) hands on your belly! So, I'm afraid you can't win! Seriously, knowing a few dear friends who have been trying and waiting for some time to get pregnant, I can no longer ask people when they plan to have babies anymore. I'm ashamed of the fact that I may have asked it in the past! You go, Laura.

  4. P.S. Guys get that question too :)