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An open letter to some family members and friends

By Nina Steele 

To the members of my family and the friends who have supported me personally and us as a couple, these past 2 years, I would like to say Thank You. You know who you are.

It is true that ultimately, it is up to us as individuals to make the changes necessary in our lives, in order to live happily. However, having people in the background who I know want the best for us, is simply a blessing.

You were there to lend us a sympathetic ear, whenever it was needed. Never judging, even though most of you are parents. You have shown the type of open mindedness that is often lacking in society.

Of course, for some of you, it wasn’t always easy. You had to adapt to our new reality. And at the end, what matters is that you made the leap!

Some of you have never had much dealings with anyone without children and yet you have now become our number one champions. Telling anyone who would listen, how happy we are as a couple. By doing so, you too are helping change people’s attitude.

Indeed, your decision to support us as opposed to judging us, is a catalyst for greater change. The type of change that will ultimately eradicate the long held bias against childless people.

As they say, everyone we meet, are fighting their own battles. Yet you have not let any of that prevent you from being open minded. You have shown complete selflessness in a world that is becoming increasingly selfish.

I consider myself lucky (yes I now believe in luck) to have you in my life, and Robert feels the same. During the past few years, I have been privy to many stories from other people without children, and one of the challenges they have talked about, is the lack of support within their close circle.

It is one thing to experience prejudice from total strangers and another when it is closer to home. To have the support of those closest to us, often makes it easier to deal with the outside world. That applies to life in general.

To my parent friends who have been completely open about the challenges of being a parent and not tried to portray their lives as perfect, I say thanks for your honesty. I suppose that’s why we are friends in the first place!

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the very best for the New Year!

Much love, Nina xxx

Childless and happy

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