I have a question for our little neighborhood today. I initially wrapped a story around it, but it stands better alone. Best to keep it simple.
I wonder… and, hear me now:
I wonder if you believe (whether you have children or not) that one should have a plan before entering a lifetime of parenthood. A goal. A hope and a dream. As in, “I am having children because I believe it is my religious duty.” Or, “We are having children because we believe we can raise a child that will change the world.” And when you have a child, you are always thinking about that reason in the back of your mind. I had kids in order that … dot dot dot.
Perhaps this is clearer: Why should someone- anyone- have children?
The old textbook answer is survival. Numbers. Population. For a name to live on. For extra hands to help work the land. For an heir to the throne. Our American culture is not so drastic as our ancestors’, but surely there must be some underlying current that we are saying yes or no to.
I just wonder if you, Neighborhood, have any insight. If you’ve ever thought about it before.
I’m certainly going somewhere with all this, but I want to start the conversation and then we’ll chat more.
Oh, before you ask: YES. Curt and I had a plan. We decided to have children because it fits nicely into our World Domination Strategy. We got started a little late, but do not underestimate me. I’m small but I am scrappy.
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