By Laura LaVoie
If you are a fan of CBS’ hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory, you already know you’re not alone. The show is so popular that the network signed a a history-making deal guaranteeing new episodes through 2017. Among childfree communities, the 11/5/15 episode has generated a lot of digital buzz. For these NotParents, the chatter centered around the B storyline, featuring Howard and Bernadette, the show’s first married couple.
While Sheldon Cooper was off being Sheldon Cooper, these two began arguing about remodeling the home that Howard inherited from his mother. Then, the plot took a turn and next thing you knew, we were back to talking about Bernadette’s stance on motherhood.
In an earlier season, Bernadette had lmade her feelings clear. She doesn’t want kids. Howard, who does, married her anyway. Apparently, they never talked about it again. Which, as we all know, is the absolute healthiest way to start a marriage.
So, when the topic finally comes back to the screen, fans of Bernadette’s childfree by choice stance were horrified to hear her agree to think about it, for Howard’s sake.
Here’s the thing. This is a sitcom on TV. What happens on the show is not likely to reflect the Real World in any way. And, we’ve seen the scenario over and over on TV that a woman will change her mind – you know, because she always does. And, she’d make a great Mom. And, children change you. And, it’s different when it’s your own. And, she’ll finally understand love.
But, wouldn’t it be nice, just once, to see a woman decide she doesn’t want children, and then not have children, and live happily ever after? Because it does happen in the real world. All the time.