Quoted: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
9:00 am
07/16/18

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“I like to joke and say that you’re ready [to have a child] when your body isn’t ready, and when your body is ready, you’re not mentally ready. I guess you have the best eggs when you’re, like, 22, but at 22 you don’t even know yourself. Then when you’re 38 and know yourself, your eggs are not the best quality. Anyway, we’ll talk about eggs another time. But my baby happened, and it’s important to talk honestly about this, because having her changed a lot. Having a child gets in the way of writing. It does. You can’t own your time the way you used to. But the other thing that motherhood does—and I kind of feel sorry for men that they can’t have this—is open up a new emotional plane that can feed your art. …I really do think motherhood feeds art. How that will be executed is another question. But having access to the emotional plane that comes with birthing a child: I can see the world through her eyes and notice things that I wouldn’t have noticed without her. I’ve lost out on time, but I’ve gained quite richly in other ways.”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and mother a 2-year-old daughter, to Vulture, 2018.

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