She wrote, she said, as someone unintentionally childless. I write as someone sometimes intentionally sometimes surprisingly child-ful. Really child-ful.
Now, I have had five children, or so, (lol), and I can speak out of that experience. Sarah spoke of quiet and peace, etc. None of my children have had colic or any really serious health issues (other than for a short time quite serious asthma and epilepsy). I won't down-play the stress that colic is. One of my nieces was very hard on my brother and his wife for this. Yet my experience is that there are times of intense strain, and there are times of great peace an joy. Thankfully neither one is interminable. No one should experience boundless peace in this world since the human tendency is not to grow thereby, but to become something not very admirable. And neither should anyone be subject to endless stress and strain. Even as a parent of five, who has had a great deal of money-stress and the normal stress of pretending to be be married while being an immature little brat, there are times of peace and joy. I am sitting in front of my computer writing, aren't I? Another friend of mine calls her blog "A Moment's Rest," because blogging is one of her ways to enjoy those periodic rest times. Most parents have a bit of time like that each day. Most parents look forward to the kids going to bed at night, so they can enjoy that 'golden hour.' You can't live for a 'golden hour,' but it's nice. It's like salt on the food. You don't eat a plate of salt, but a bit on your steak is oh-so nice.
|Either me or Anne-Marie|
So parenting or not parenting - neither one is a cure for what ails you unless you live it as God intended. Nevertheless, there are severe repercussions for selfishness. And the selfishness we are seeing in the refusal to use the gift of fertility as intended has serious consequences. Sarah mentioned one of these: dying alone. I am thinking of getting a t-shirt made up to wear when I go into public with my five ducklings and receive all those 'stares.' The t-shirt will say something like:
My Large Family will be Running Your Nursing Home!
|So, what was it you were saying about |
how people having too many kids is ruining mother earth?