It's going to be hard to get through this without sounding like I have a giant chip on my shoulder. I don't, I'm amused and vaguely annoyed by this in equal measure. I think probably more because of the insensitivity and the "oooh, so that's what you really think" than anything else.
Twice this morning I've had the mother v non-mother thing in my face. One was one of those text about the beauty of motherhood alongside an unrelated picture of a rainbow infographics informing me that I have never been in love until I have looked into the eyes of my child. That confused me as Morrissey told me I had never been in love until I'd seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs. That was an eye roller as it was only indirectly poking the childfree and childless. Interestingly (or not) childfree has a red squiggly line under it here, childless doesn't.
Second thing was said in a message. I had dared to use the word, hang on to your hats here, it's pretty offensive, promise. I have been told in no uncertain terms that a parent or childcare professional would never use that word. I am an uncaring monster with no capacity for kindness or caring because I do not have a child of my own nor have I chosen to care for a group of children for money.
It's ok, I know some of you believe that my friends have a point.
I say this - do as you see fit but don't impose that as the truth onto the rest of the world. If you had never appreciated what love meant until you had your child then brilliant, it must have been the most overwhelming experience for you, but it doesn't diminishes the feelings of others and it's kind of arrogant to put it out there as a fact. It's only a fact for you. And if you think that words have power then appreciate the potential power they have regardless of the age of the audience.