Speaking Of Children
Summary of Speaking Of Children:
Speaking Of Children is an extract taken from “Mother’s Day or The View From Here” written by Barbara Holland. In this essay the writer presents the advantages of single child and disadvantages of plural children. She argues in favor of having single child for peace, privacy and prosperity in married life.
Single child is like the organ of the parent’s body. They can teach their child whatever they like, carry them wherever they like and make them whatever they like. With a single child the parents are still themselves. They can enjoy the luxuries of their life as they used to. Single child is just like external things like electric toothbrush.
Plural children introduce unwanted culture into the family; they litter the living room bringing all the play things. The parents have to shorten their journey. They have to waste their time talking to unknown people. They also have to shift their room time and again for the better school. When the children grow up, they use telephone more often than the parents do. They also disturb their parents asking irrelevant questions.
Peace, privacy and a couple of martin are required to make a married life happy. But with plural children the dream of having these things never comes true. A wife needs to share her feelings to her husband in privacy. But if the parents have plural children, they disturb the conversation of their parents. They pretend to have something important to talk to their father. When they are sent out, they listen to the conversation of their parents secretly. Sometimes they want to drink what their father is drinking. Thus, sharing the feelings which are private between husband wife becomes impossible with plural children. The parents can use some alternatives like using telephone, second language and writing notes. But the plural children create so many problems that they cannot be solved by the remedies suggested by the writer.
In conclusion, Barbara Holland suggests to have single child for peace, privacy and prosperity in marred life.