When meeting people for the first time, why do they always ask "so, do you have any kids?" OH and I dropped off a lamb to be processed at a small local butcher today. As always seems to happen in rural encounters, we got to chatting about the farm, etc. At one point the butcher asked "so, is it just the two of you out there, or do you have kids?" I'm pretty good at maintaining outward composure, especially in public. But wow, that sure set my mind whirling for a bit. Why do people even ask that when casually talking? It can be such a loaded question. I don't think I've ever asked someone that... Or even better, when people you've just met or barely know ask "so when are you having children?" Umm... why are you asking such a personal question??