Every old friend that I meet these days, the conversation usually goes like:
Old Friend: Arif, Hi man! Long time no see. What’s happening?
Me: Old Friend! So good to see you. Life’s wonderful. Busy as usual. Nothing new really.
Old Friend: Hey, it’s been 2 years since you’ve married right?
Me: Yes, so?
Old Friend: So? So, When’s the good news???
It’s not only friends. But co-workers, colleagues, family, even my cousins who are light-years younger to me.
I’m sure they all have wonderfully angelic intentions. They are enquiring about my future off-spring because they genuinely care and want me to experience the sheer bliss a brand new parent goes through. The bliss explained by Melvin Durai in this excellent blog-post.
Below are excerpts:
Until I became a parent, I didn’t know how challenging it could be. I thought it would be easy, like driving in New York City or getting all my teeth pulled.
Innocent Infancy: This is the baby stage, also known as the “Will I ever get any sleep again?” stage. There’ll be a lot of crying in this stage, which is fairly normal, particularly when you’re looking at your bank statement.
Terrible Twos: This is the stage that all parents dread. You’ll be afraid to take her out in public, except perhaps to the zoo, where she might pick up some tips on good behavior from the monkeys.
Therapy-inducing Threes: If you’re relieved when your child turns three, you’re in for a big shock, especially when you see the crayon drawing on your wall and the ink marks on your couch. At this stage, she doesn’t throw tantrums anymore — she just gets you to throw them.
Enjoy the full-post here.