By Caitlin Connelly
Have you seen the (now-viral) “Open Letter to All Parents From a Non-Parent”? The letter, from child-free writer Emelia Symington Fedy, begins with examples of what sounds like a not-so-fun babysitting experience. She describes her eardrums being damaged from high-frequency screams and writes that her body is “an exhausted heap of jangled muscles and burnt out nerves.” But what starts off as an exasperated note evolves into a lovely apology in which Fedy confesses to judging the appearance, lifestyle and parenting techniques of her parent-friend.
Our friends over at Bunch responded with their own letter—“An Open Letter to All Non-Parents from a Parent”—where they thank their non-parent pal for babysitting and express how nice it was to get out of the house. An apology creeps into this letter as well when the parent writer admits to forgetting to call, getting impatient over silly ideologies, and for secretly wanting her baby to barf all over her friend’s new clothes.
Both letters show what it’s like to be on either side of the baby fence. Have a read to see how the stories end.
What do you think of these letters? Do you see any of your own feelings in them?
For the dad who loves to cook outside, this is...