Two years of being married, and it becomes a subject of intense discussion as to why we don’t have children and a house yet. And at times its can be just plain embarrassing to have your parents (and in-laws) discuss your married life and potential reasons of not having grandchildren.
Second subject (of owning a house), is usually played up when folks from girl’s side (rather my side) want to make a point to their son-in-law (hubby’s side) about not being able to put together an abode (for their daughter).
So the thread of conversation during phone calls to respective parents goes something like this.
Me talking to my in-laws
M-I-L: (after some usual ‘how are you’ talks) You know certain so-and-so is having a baby and she got married just about when you guys got married.
Me: Yeah. Really. Nice nice…She’s a housewife, right? And didn’t the husband move to Bareilly after marriage. (Trying to make a point)
M-I-L: (reticent) Yes. Yes. But see now she can be free from duties by the time she is 34 years. And maybe she can take up the job of a teacher, which she pursued before marriage.
Me: Guess, that’s good planning I would say. But not applicable to all.
and so the conversation moves with both sides trying to score
On the other hand, a conversation between my husband and my dad goes like this:
Dad: I heard the rates in New Mumbai too are moving up.
Hubby: Yeah. That’s some spurt we are seeing here. Everyone is out to buy a house even when they possibly undertake heavy debt.
Dad: But that’s how houses are built. You cant avoid debt, as salaried professional can never possibly save up easily and then you have a family (slight reference to me and non-existent kids)
Hubby: Hmm…yes, I will think about it although I am not okay with a big debt on my head. What if job market loses its shine?
Dad: You have to take risks in life, son. Buy a house then you can think of a family too.
On a sensible note, I know none of their concerns are misplaced. They are probably right in their opinions (gentle reminders) but since life is so unplanned, each of the milestones (house, kids, etc etc) happen when you are least expecting it. I believe that.