I was going to touch on another subject tonight, but have decided to postpone it until I air out my brain on this one.
Bryan educated me tonight on a new phrase, acronym, if you will: DINK. For those feeling left out, you may be able to refer to yourself as a SINK, if it applies. So, are you wondering what a DINK is? (I’ll pretend you said “yes” here.)
DINK is Double Income No Kids.
SINK is Single Income No Kids.
I know that rearing children shouldn’t be delved into blindly or taken lightly, there are responsibilities to fulfill and sacrifices to make in every aspect of your new life with a little one around. But I can’t help but feel saddened and discombobulated, empty even, that someone took the effort to coin this phrase.
Bryan and I would definitely be in better standing financially and have unrivaled security for our futures if we had decided to take our lives down a different pathway. However, I just can’t imagine not having the boys in my life. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it. My children love me unconditionally, and hopefully always will, and they bring me so much joy and happiness. I know I couldn’t find anything close to it elsewhere in life. No amount of toys or possessions could make me want to revert to a life without them, and I know unequivocally that if I had the chance to go back and make the decision again, knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
There were quite a few consecutive months in Layton, Utah where we could barely make ends meet, and quite frankly, sometimes we didn’t. We had our two credit cards paid down to a very enviable amount, and they soon were going in reverse at an alarming rate — just to put food on the table. We didn’t go out to eat, not even McDonald’s, we didn’t have a “date night” or see movies, we couldn’t rent any, not even for a dollar at McDonalds’ Red Box. No amount of clothing was purchased, in fact, when Ian was about 9 months old he maybe had around 14 pieces of clothing total. We just had to make do. I had to de-snob and buy store-brand items, I even grew my hair out, just to save $22 every six weeks. Life wasn’t easy, and sometimes barely manageable, but we survived through it. To add to the equation, there were the work allegations and threatenings of dismissal, which ironically coincided to-the-very-day with the new pregnancy.
The offer of the new position with a different company was definitely a shock to the system. Things would be changing, and fast! The interview took place on 24th July 2006, and by 20th September, we had signed the papers on our new home in Montana.
I sincerely doubt that Bryan’s career circumstances would have been different in Utah, but I know that he and I would have been making a considerable amount of money. We would have been driving newer cars and owned the things we needed in life (like a new couch), but things don’t really matter to me. We have two beautiful sons who delight and amaze us every day. Just tonight in the SUV heading home, Ian was asking to go back to “the hallway”. It took Bryan a minute but he mumbled to me, “I think he means the Mall.” It’s amazing how little minds work. And after we got home, I held Cameron at eye level with the bird (a cockatiel). A huge smile spread over his face and he breathed excitedly, then out of the blue he said, “Dee-dee!”
A plasma telly would be nice, but would it make me squeal with delight, bring tears to my eyes AND fill me brimming with pride like this did to me? I doubt it. People have their reasons for opting not to bring children into their lives, and I respect that, but I know I wouldn’t change a thing. I’d rather be SIK any day.