My sister, while she was in college, used to tell me (usually right after being berated by our parents about her grades) "Luke, I just want to get married and have babies."
Well, as you call tell from my previous post, she got her wish. And as stressed, and overworked, and sleep deprived as she may be, she has Jillian there to bring her joy, a type of joy that I think may not be replicable.
Do you want to have kids? I've always imagined that I would, but seeing my niece grow up - and the way she has affected my sister and brother-in-law's lives - has cemented that idea even more. Obviously, in college, at 19, the last thing I'm thinking about is having kids (and getting married? Knock on wood.). But I am thinking about it.
I know that to say kids are a lot of work is an understatement. Raising kids is a lifestyle. It's a thankless job (at least until their mature enough to realize what you do for them, as I am slowly starting to realize about my own parents). But ya know what? I think bringing a life into this world, and nurturing it, and making it into a person is the most beautiful thing a person can do (need proof? Angelina and Brad. Case closed.). Straight, gay, somewhere in between, parenthood is unparalleled. I can only hope that one day I can do something so great.
If you don't believe that, watch this video. Actually, I don't care what you think, watch this video anyway.