The Choice of Childlessness

When the image of your future self collides with the reality of now

Emily J. Smith
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readJan 18, 2019

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Illustration: Celia Jacobs

RRecently, a maintenance worker stopped by to fix my leaking kitchen sink and asked, as casually as if they were commenting on the weather, whether I had any kids. My Brooklyn one-bedroom, mind you, is not ideal for kids, let alone another human being or even a dog, but something must have made it feel…

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Emily J. Smith
Human Parts

Writer and tech professional. My debut novel, NOTHING SERIOUS, is out Feb '25 from William Morrow / HarperCollins (more at emjsmith.com).