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Confessions of a childless 35-year old spinster

01 May

I turned 35 last week, and I hated every second of it. Well, not really every second. Look, it was great to hang out with my parents of course, but for various very defined and specific reasons I felt a bit crap. I never envisaged myself spending my 35th on my own. If it were up to me, I would have had a family by now. The thought that my ex and I were supposed to start the whole ‘trying for a baby’ thing sometime around NOW (a plan he single-handedly canned after he decided to stay on some island at the arse-end of the world) does not help much.

Instead of having a family in the pipeline, and someone who loves me to its, I am on my own. An 35-year old freelance spinster with two cats. No, I do not look old if I say so myself. But I have to face the fact that my ovaries are over a third of a century old and that I therefore do not have all the time in the world.

Of course I will meet someone else somewhere down the line, but if I want to realize my family plan I need to make sure that a) he wants kids, b) wants them fairly soon (No, I don’t want them tomorrow but I dont fancy the idea to be a 65-year old mother of a teenager either) and c) is a nice guy (which could be an ominous task, when looking at my track record of assholes and fuckwits).

Another option is to do it on my own. Gazillions of women have done and are doing it alone: having and raising a child. I am sure I would be able to do that. There are some problems though.

Firstly, I am a freelancer and I am not earning heaps of moolah. In addition: South Africa’s living costs are increasing by the minute. Secondly, my folks live in The Netherlands (I imagine I would need their mental support). Thirdly, I would love to do it with someone else. No, I do not have to be in a relationship with that person. A very involved donor would be very cool too.

But finding a sperm donor who is nice and who wants to be involved in the child’s upbringing as a father figure seems to be a task from hell. Then again, there must be single men out there who have not been able to find a partner but who want to become a father. Or not?

Another option is to form a commune with other women who are in the same position. You know, the whole “It takes a village to raise a child” thing.

So yes, indeed, I feel a bit stuck. Do I realize my dream of becoming a mom? Do I give up on it, seeing there are so many issues involved? Do I give myself a year or six months before I make a decision?

Anyway, I was wondering if there are other people out there who are in a similar position. Please send me your comments or drop me an email.

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3 responses to “Confessions of a childless 35-year old spinster

  1. clickholistic

    May 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Love is a choice. You will find it if you choose. And when you do, you will have kids. That will love you soooooo much! Give it a little more time!

     
    • Miriam Mannak

      May 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Yes, but loving someone is not enough. They got to love you back … Anyway – thanks for the support and advice 🙂

       
  2. Mark Goodwin

    May 4, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Hey! Happy birthday Old Thing!
    35 is nothing, you are a beautiful young woman, stop feeling sorry for yourself and go and pull some really nice Dutch guy! (Not sure I would go for those SA guys) 😦
    OK, I don’t know maybe it’s just me, but that accent makes them sound so untrustworthy. :-0)
    They do say that you have to ‘Look’ like you are looking for someone, if you want the opposite sex to catch your eye. And if you walk around in your own little bubble, those potential partners, won’t even see you.
    So put on your glad rags, and go and party a little.

    Many happy returns. x

     

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