I always know when the question is coming. With family it’s just after the first lull in conversation. With old friends it’s right after they realize it’s been more than five years since they watched me say “I do” at the altar. With people I’ve just met it comes after they learn that, despite my baby face, I’m 30 (gasp!). The question everyone can’t wait to ask, of course, is “When are you going to have kids?”
My answers vary, depending on my mood. “We want to wait until we’ve saved more money and bought a house,” I often say. Sometimes I’m more honest and explain that I’m not sure I want kids, but I only broach this topic when I’m prepared to defend accusations of hating God, hating my husband, and being a terrorist.
My husband (whom I love very much, I promise) always tries to calm me when I’m ranting about how I’m sick and tired of people’s overwhelming concern about the future of my reproductive organs. He says people don’t mean any harm. They’re just trying to make conversation and simply don’t know what to say.
So I decided to help these poor folks out and compile a list of 10 small talk appropriate questions you can ask me that are sure to spark conversation and have nothing to do with my uterus. And The Hairpin, one of my favorite websites, decided to publish my list. Click here to check it out.