Even in Taiwan, Karen Bender reports in The Atlantic, folks are opting for the 4-legged type of children. That bypasses the expense of educating the 2-footed ones for a future in which they may or may not ever have proper jobs. Here is that coverage. And the Chinese are supposed to revere children.
Here in the residential complex in which I live in Tucson, Arizona, there is only one couple with a child. The rest of us, including Millennials and Generation X, have mostly dogs. There are several units which each have two cats.
I often long to add a cat to my "family." But it's been more than a decade since I toyed with the idea of adopting an older child.
What cured that was living in senior housing in New Haven, Connecticut. Supposedly children are a good thing in old age. They take care of their parents. Ha-ha-ha.
As soon as the parent became dependent, the annoyance was obvious. After all, the children have their own work worries, time pressures, and craving to let loose and have fun.
What about the joy of grandchildren? Our dogs can have at least one litter of puppies. Holidays with families? This Christmas my dog Lee and I are traveling the six hours to the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California. At the motel he will get his Christmas gift of steak and I will give myself a half day off from compulsive blogging.