Re Kathleen Parker’s Aug. 13 column, Children — to have or have not: I’ve long considered children a pestilence that my life is better off without. My wife and I enjoy lots of time with each other and other people, untroubled by the intrusion of children and the financial weight of raising them.
Research shows that when two people are identical, except that one has a kid, the nonparent tests several points higher on the happiness scale. Why volunteer to make your life miserable?
There’s no free lunch, however. My wife and I will never have those special moments between a parent and child. And very lucky parents will have kids who care about them in their old age. Additionally, my wife had difficulty grappling with that long-ago decision and, occasionally, still does. Is being child-free worth the price? My answer: You’ll never wipe that smile off my face.