I’ve heard all of the above, but the one about it being a “duty” pissed me off the most. There was a guy walking past me at Starbucks who invited himself to my table. He told me in African culture, it’s an embarrassment to not have children. I told him, “Well, don’t let me embarrass you any longer. Leave.” This fool still asked for my phone number. I gave him a fax machine number and laughed every single time I heard the fax machine go off in my old apartment. My “embarrassed” self was so tickled.

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