Just Think About This

So I just started reading a new book called What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman.

This is a quote from the prologue::

I love that I am but one of millions of single girls hitting the road by themselves these days. A hateful little ex- boyfriend once said that a house full of cats used to be the sign of a terminally single woman, but now it’s a house full of souvenirs acquired on foreign adventures. He said it derogatorily: Look at all of this tragic overcompensating in the form of tribal masks and rain sticks. But I say that plane tickets replacing cats might be the best evidence of women’s progress as a gender. I’m damn proud of us. Also, since I have both a cat and a lot of foreign souvenirs, I broke up with that dude and went on a really great trip.

Just think about that for a bit.

How freaking awesome is she!?

Morgan is a travel blogger and columnist who loves chocolate and a cheesy rom-com. She spends her time reading self-help books in attempt to reassure herself that she isn't all that crazy. Follow her on her wild adventures around the world.

16 Comments

  1. Haha. I LOVE this. I’ve been married for almost 5 years now and am definitely starting to get a lot of the “Why don’t you have kids? When are you having kids?” questions and I’m just like – “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Not that kids are the worst thing ever (though sometimes I feel that way), but I have had so many amazing life experiences in the last few years that simply wouldn’t be possible with kids. Someday I probably will have them, but for now I’m taking advantage of all the experiences that are easier/better without them. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, I almost took offense in the title of her book (though I get the message now!) πŸ™‚ I’m European which makes me way more traditional, I guess. I know plenty of young women who manage travel and raising children. I’m actually looking forward to having kids of my own and share my travel experience with them. Having children, or how she says “breeding”, doesn’t necessarily slows women down, at least not in Europe. Children are being valued here πŸ™‚ <3

  3. I want that too!! I think it depends on finding the right person which neither Kristin nor myself have done. Children are valued in America too , but something that is not valued is women independence. If a women wants to take some time to not rush into married life with children and travel the world, she is looked at as crazy almost. I think that’s the point of the quote. It’s not that we don’t want children and to share the world with them, but that Kristin wasn’t ready to settle for that life when she hadn’t found the right person. I hope that makes sense.

What are your thoughts?