K: How many people are in your family?
J: My immediate family is quite small. It’s just my older step-brother, my mom, my step-dad and me. How about you?
K: I have a large family. I have three older sisters, my twin sister, a younger brother, and my parents.
J: I didn’t know you were a twin! Are you identical or fraternal?
K: We’re identical. I mean, we look exactly the same, but we are complete opposites when it comes to everything else!
J: Interesting. It must be great having a twin sister. Are you best friends, too?
K: We used to be really close, but that all changed when she moved to Shanghai. How about your family? You didn’t mention to your biological father.
J: I don’t know much about him. He died when I was just a baby. Even though I don’t have a blood relationship with my step-father and step-brother, I consider them to be my real family.
K: What about your step-brother’s mother? Does he keep in touch with her?
J: No, she also died when my step-brother was little. My mother and my step-father met each other shortly after my father died and became good friends. They ended up getting married a few years later.
K: Sounds like it was meant to be.
J: Have you ever thought about having children, Kaitlyn?
K: My husband and I have thought about it, but we’ve decided not to have any. They’re just too expensive. Besides, with all the news about global warming on the news lately, who knows what kind of world we’ll have in the future. What about you?
J: Well, I’ve always wanted to have lots of children. Growing up with only one brother, I always felt a bit lonely. What do you think about families with only one child?
K: For me, growing up in a big family always made me yearn for attention. I always wanted to be an only child so that I could always do what I wanted and so that I wouldn’t ever have to share.
J: Don’t you think you would miss having other people around?
K: No way! I spent 20 years of my life with relatives around me 24-7. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever actually spent any time by myself in my parents’ home. What do you think of the one-child policy in China?
J: If China didn’t have such a policy, can you imagine how many people there would be in China now?
K: That’s true. But as a woman, I’m glad that even though I don’t want any children, I at least have a choice in how many children I have. On the other hand, I can’t imagine what China would be like if there weren’t a one-child policy!
J: Do you think most families with many children envy or feel sorry for other families with only one child?
K: I don’t know what other people think, but I, for one, envy only children!