Sunday 17 December 2017

Our future becomes our past once again

Carol Hunt considers how a decade of severe austerity is likely to affect Irish marriages and family life

While I write this, I'm 'caring' for my two under-10s -- off school due to the snow -- plus my neighbour's two boys.

My neighbour is roughly the same age as me, and our children are friends, which is great. We both understand the challenges and deprivations (yes, and the joys ... sigh) that come with having small children while in your early 40s. And, judging by the experiences of friends with 'grown-up' children who can't afford to move out, we're set to have them under our roofs for quite some time.

Then again, I also have a coterie of female acquaintances who have yet to tie the knot, or give birth. They may affect regret for the fact that they have no permanent partners or children to care for, but I know they are secretly 'smug singles'. We've all had many a cheery discussion about which is best: early marriage, late marriage, or, increasingly, no marriage at all!

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