Thursday, September 25, 2008

Luxury Expense or Basic Need?

It's no secret that the economy is tanking. People are losing their jobs, others losing their homes, gas is going through the roof. The average grocery bill has doubled. All around us, buckles are being tightened. Yet, here we are about to blow thirty grand on the 'chance' of having a child.

Some would shake their heads and call us fools. Others would say we are being frivolous. And even we have started to question what we are doing. Are we spending a lavish amount on money on a pipe dream? Throwing good money after bad? Wasting money that could be saved and grown for retirement? Used as a down payment on a house? Are we spending money that we will need if the economy gets worse and god forbid we find ourselves without a job? What if we really are headed into the next great depression?

Is IVF a just a luxury expense or is it a basic need? The basic right of every person to have a child --- to have a family. And what is the point of a big house, or fancy cars, or even a nice retirement fund if you have nobody to share it with, nobody to spend it on, nobody to leave it to?

For us, the answer doesn't come from our wallet --- it comes from our hearts.

Money is just money. But a family is forever.


Nikki said...

Yes - and we have the rest of our lives to make money. Some of us don't have the luxury of time to make babies any more (because we've been trying for so long!)

I agree with you - the answer comes from the heart. What's the point of an additional $30K if there's nobody to share it with, or leave it to?

CreoleInDC said...

It's a medical need which is a basic. Also...IT'S MY MONEY. I don't let anyone spend my money for me. They didn't make it. WE DID.

You and your husband can spend YOUR money on anything you want. If you chose to buy 30k worth of's YOURS.wdjdvuj