I found these quotes from an old article I had filed away written by Sam de Brito, an Australian author who mysteriously died late last year.
Man I miss him so; his writing had such an impact on my whole outlook on life; I hope he’s in a happier place now.
“Life with a large family is as expensive as you make it.
If I was a rich man, I’d forgo the yachts and fast cars and splurge on life’s greatest pleasure; children. Lots of ‘em.
Granted, you don’t need to be wealthy to raise a large family, it just strikes me as kinda pointless having lots of children if you spend the majority of your life at work supporting them.”
“Since having my own child, it’s made me realise fatherhood’s not about expensive presents and trips to Luna Park; the currency kids value most is what I call ‘knee time’ because that’s usually what you’re clambering around on when you engage with their world.
Around my neighbourhood, however, time is the thing people seem to have the least of because they’re so busy paying for their renovations, third car and … school fees.
It always makes me wonder, if you could travel to the future and give their kids the option, which would they choose: you can go to a private school but see less of your parents or, attend a government school and spend more time with mum and dad?
In my family, the knees have it.”