I have been on the receiving end of those same barbs. Sigh. I just will never understand why some people believe everyone should want the same things out of life. My passion is animals and because I'm not a parent, I'm able to indulge that passion through volunteering, fostering, etc. Then of course I get called the crazy cat lady, which in all honesty I don't find offensive. The other thing I notice is how competitive and duplicitous many mothers are. Standing around judging another's parenting, bragging how their kid did better than some other person's kid...all the while smiling and acting like they're the best of friends.<quoted text>
Yep, and a lot of harassed and stressed-out parents secretly envy the CF because they DO have the freedom to do the things those parents can't do anymore. They seldom admit that, of course.
When DS started school full time, I had several hours of free time to do things that I enjoyed, and still be back in time to get him off the bus when he got home. I was able to do this because DS didn't have baby or toddler siblings that needed constant attention. More than once I was on the receiving end of the snarky comments from parents of two, three, or more kids, like "must be nice to do what you want..." and similar barbs. I would just smile and say, "yes, it really IS!" and be on my way.
And one more thing - and this one really irritates me - someone telling me that my life doesn't or can't have any real purpose unless I have children. A friend of mine ACTUALLY said that to me. I was dumbfounded. This person is also uber religious, so I'm sure that had something to do with it, but when I explained to them that it is quite possible to derive a sense of purpose from other things, they dismissed me and gave me that ol "you can't possibly understand because you're not a parent."