This isn't an anniversary post, but I have to mention that in two days Mrs. C and I will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. That same Friday will also be the 16th anniversary of our first date.
I know! Right? SIXTEEN YEARS!!! That's a long time to be with one person. That's just under half our lives! I'm not complaining, though. I'm glad for every one of those years and the ones to come. But, I guess other people have noticed that we've been "husband and wife" for almost a decade. Especially since we're still just husband and wife and no kids have come into the picture yet.
Of course, it isn't that we don't want kids. We do. In fact, we have been working on it, but like many couples, things in that department don't come as easily for us.
Being a somewhat private person, my wife has chosen not to really share our difficulties with getting pregnant with most people. Most of the time, when anyone asks, we just say something like "we're not ready yet" or more commonly, "it's not a good time for us financially". This last one is mostly true and is one of the main reasons we haven't really made becoming parents our top priority.
But, as I said, people are starting to get impatient. One person in particular is my mother. She's given up on hinting at it over the years and has taken a more direct approach. Like when we talk on the phone:
Me: Hey, mom. What's up?
Momma C: Nothing much... Grandbabies?
It goes pretty much the same when I visit too. But I'm not the only one. Mrs. C has to deal with this as well. Like one time when she got an unexpected call at work:
Mrs. C: Ummm... Hi, Momma C... This is unexpected-
Momma C: GRANDBABIES!?!
It's safe to say, my mom's getting a bit anxious. The weird part is that she already has grandchildren from one of my two younger sisters. She just really wants them from us. I don't know if I should feel special or suspicious.
Momma C isn't the only family member who's getting impatient and we regularly have to fend off the, "So when are you going to start having kids?" question from relatives on both sides of the family, friends and coworkers.
My personal favorite time deflecting this question was with one of my former coworkers about two years back:
Former Coworker: So, Vinny, why don't you have kids yet.
Me: What?! EW! No way! We can't stand the little buggers!
She almost stopped speaking to me until I told her I was only kidding.
Now another person has started putting us on notice that they long for the pitter-patter of little C's.
Remember Mrs. C's grandma Evie? I may have mentioned here and there that she lives with us. She's always been quiet. She keeps to herself and spends her days reading and rereading newspapers while listening to the radio. This suits me fine. You all know I never have been the social type. Well, the other day, Mrs. C was in her room talking to her and Evie gave her this as she was leaving...
Mrs. C promptly brought it to me and we had a good laugh about it.
Until we both thought, "Oh crap! Another one."
I think we're running out of time before there's an angry mob at our door with torches and pitch forks (and home pregnancy tests).