We’ve talked about Ina Garten and her not being a mother before. She prefers to welcome everyone all the same, a quality that isn’t confined to moms. It’s the mark of a good host.
The goddess Garten has previously been mum on why she and her husband Jeffrey are childless but she’s very recently explained herself. During an appearance on Katie Couric’s podcast, the truth came out about why she doesn’t have any kids. The answer is as obvious you’d assume, reflective of a point of view that many in the world frown upon.
Garten explains, by way of TODAY.
“We decided not to have children,” she stated simply. “I really appreciate that other people do, and we will always have friends that have children that we are close to, but it was a choice I made very early.”
And Ina is certain it was the right choice for her and Jeffrey.
“I really felt, I feel, that I would have never been able to have the life I’ve had (with children),” she explained.
Hear, hear, Ina! This is absolutely reason enough to not want kids: to be able to life a specific life, a life that you wanted, an untethered well-being that represents an independent spirit. It’s a beautiful statement of lifestyle.
Of course, this is taboo. As has been discussed before, people are outraged by those without kids and see them “as less psychologically fulfilled.” Being your own you without little people inspires moral outrage (perhaps based in jealousy).
It’s inspiring to see someone like Ina Garten flying a middle finger to the face of parenthood: she doesn’t need—nor does she care—to occupy a role that society often forces onto women. If you have a vision of yourself, be that vision. Don’t let anyone (Not even a child!!) stand in the way of that. This is why I love Ina Garten so much: she represents an unselfish striding toward success. She is the dream fulfilled.
The one thing I do not understand, which the TODAY story notes: she doesn’t have any pets. That, to me, is strange. Granted, she would likely find my obsession with dogs strange.
Still, we love her all the same.