China Elevator Stories

“Once You’re Married, You’ll Have Kids”

One morning I buy congee at my favorite congee place near the subway stop in Shenzhen.


Ruth Silbermayr
Ruth Silbermayr


The lovely woman selling the congee says:

“You know, you and your boyfriend can be lucky that you can be together like this and aren’t married yet. Once you’re married, you’ll have kids and then you’re not as free to go wherever you would like to go anymore.”

Chinese breakfast - Ruth Silbermayr

It doesn’t seem appropriate to tell her that we’re going to get married soon.

Before I can reply anything, another customer orders congee and I pay and leave for the subway that will take me to work.

Has anybody ever told you the same?

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