Nowadays, the cost of children is the forefront of family planning discussions. It’s all about “can we afford them?”
Interestingly, I don’t think folks talked much about affordability of children back in the day. Not even during the Depression when feeding a child could actually be a serious challenge.
And I only bring up the contrast to highlight the fact that the value of children has changed over the last several decades.
And because we don’t value human life the same, we’ve had to come up with good reasons to justify our decision to not have them. It makes me sad that we have come to measure life with a dollar sign, like another household commodity.
“Thing is, my wife and I didn’t have the money, either. When we had our boy, Justice, I made $17,500. We rented a duplex, and drove two cars worth a combined – not making this up, this is what they sold for: $125. And this isn’t the 50’s. This is the 90s….”
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