Winter 1993 • Vol. XV No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1993 |

Open House

I want to have a baby because I'm already thirty-five, and it's time for us to start our family. If we wait any longer, I won't have a son grown up in time to take care of me when I am old. I calculate, if we have him soon, when I turn sixty-one (an important birthday in Chinese tradition, the beginning of my golden age) my son will have graduated from an American school and have a high-paying job. "A baby costs money," my wife tells me. "It doesn't make sense to have one right now. Let's wait. I have plenty of time. Let's save some money first. We are in America now. We have to be careful what we do. If something goes wrong, everything will go wrong. Then we won't even be able to afford the boat ride back to China." And then my ever pragmatic wife tells me what I think is the true reason why she doesn't want to have a baby: she wants to wait until her career is off its feet, like an American woman does. My wife sells jewelry restaurant-to-restaurant--jade bracelets and pend

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