I remember reading this joke somewhere a long time ago:
"I always hated weddings because the elderly would come over and poke me saying "You're next.". They stopped doing it when I started doing it to them at funerals."
I wonder if they have a similar retort for all those people who think it's their duty to come up to me every time they see me and extol on the virtues of having a baby and then follow it up with "You're next". To top it, they throw in a cackle (if the attack's by a crowd) or give me the all knowing monk-like smile (if the attacker's alone).
It seems like the baby making skills of so and so seems to be the hot topic of discussion in my town, and guess who's topping the list right now..Me of course! Every time I meet a well meaning relative or neighbor, the conversation steers towards the point in discussion, starting with harmless questions regarding the status quo (huh?) and moving on to tips, treatments and the best doctor in business if I don't make my escape soon. I guess that's what happens when you live in a town where every one makes it their business to know what's happening in every one else's life.
I know I have been married for five years and plus, thank you very much, but I'm sure that doesn't qualify me as a baby making machine. We want to have kids, we really do, but we would like to have kids because we want to, not because we couldn't take the social pressure any more.
The thought of attending another function where I'd have to hear the "You're next!" gives me a panic attack...and I hope I'd be able to come up with a real good retort pretty soon so that I'm spared from the "harmless enquiries" from now on.