I write observational humor and occasinally more serious pieces. Based in Miami Beach.
I Don’t — Why I Never Got Married
When I was twenty-five years old, I was explaining to my cousin Wendy, a newlywed, my confusion about several career paths that I wanted to pursue. We were at Thanksgiving dinner and she said in front of my entire family, “Why don’t you just get married and have kids?” She suggested marriage and kids as if this could happen overnight, like ordering a water filter from Amazon. I wasn’t even dating anyone. My cousin’s “solution” insulted me. I knew what she meant was Why don’t you just do what everyone else does and then all your problems will be solved? But I’ve never done what everyone else just does, and I knew that merely being someone’s wife wouldn’t satisfy me. And besides, I didn’t want kids, which made marriage seem even more pointless.