Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Kids, Not for the faint-hearted
In the word of "Eat, Pray, Love*", children are like a tattoo on your face. You really have to be committed.
In my group of friends, I've always had a couple who don't want kids and I don't blame them. I don't like other people's kids... well, the majority anyway. And that's actually gotten worse since having my own.
Kids are not a hobby. They are not an after school activity. The literally suck the life out of you and, strangely enough, it's your pleasure to allow them. You see, once you become a parent, you are mutated into a whole new breed of human. You are never the same.
What gets me here in Brazil is that not wanting kids isn't really acceptable. If you are not immediately and directly argued with about it, it's only because they have decided you'll grow into wanting them eventually. Of course if you have a Vagina you want kids! Why else have one?! Well, I can give you a couple of reasons but this is a semi-family friendly blog.
So let me climb up on my soapbox and give you my speech on it. It'll take a minute, I have two boys hanging off of my ankles.
Don't have kids if you don't know if you want them. You know if you want kids! And guess what, they aren't going anywhere... ever. They wake up at night to tell you they farted. They puke every single time you forget to bring extra clothes. They will never eat their vegetables when your Mother-in-law is over and watching. They learn the curse words you mumble after an argument with your husband and then tell their teacher that when Mommy is mad she calls Daddy ________. And at least once in their life, they will crap on your floor.
Of course there is the other side. They will hug you with their whole selves, body, spirit, and humor. There's a real beauty in being the only thing that comforts an upset or sick child in the middle of the night. You will smile all 300 times a day your toddler says monkey because it's the first real word they have mastered. It's amazing to see them grow and develop. It's like sea monkeys without the smelly tank. And if you keep the right mindset, you'll laugh more than you ever have in your life. These little people are hilarious, even when they crap on your floor.
So what are you, pro or against babies in your life? Why or why not?
*FYI: I hated the movie and wasn't all that impressed with the book.