Life Without Baby

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It Got Me Thinking…About Being Fruitless June 13, 2011

By Kathleen Guthrie

fruit•less adj 1: Failing to achieve the desired results; unproductive or useless syn barren

Oh, how I loathe these words. They’re ugly, judgmental, and just plain mean when used to refer to those of us who are childfree by chance, choice, or circumstance.

I could mull on this for days and work myself into a righteous funk. However, I think instead I am going to celebrate just how fruit-full I am. I’m going to fill my great-great-grandmother’s crystal bowl with lemons to brighten up my dining room. I’m going to make cherry pie and eat it for breakfast. I’m going to sprinkle chunks of watermelon with thinly sliced basil and balsamic vinegar (try it, it’s delish). I’m going to eat plump, juicy strawberries till my fingers are stained pink!

“Useless”?! I don’t think so! Creative, super-productive, and full of fun is more like it.

Kathleen Guthrie is a Northern California–based freelance writer. She’s mostly at peace with her decision to be childfree.

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4 Responses to “It Got Me Thinking…About Being Fruitless”

  1. Valerie Says:

    Fruit can take many forms. May we all be fruitful in our own way.

  2. Lynn Says:

    Great post! I will remind myself of it every morning when I enjoy beautiful fruit with my cereal 🙂

  3. bootsy Says:

    love it!!! fruitless… pfft. go forth and enjoy life.

  4. stink-bomb Says:

    oh how i wish i could bottle your positivity up and spread it around to all those who need it – me included! x


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