Saturday, December 11, 2004


Parenthood is the most important job in the world. A mom and a dad, working in conjunction, can have more of an impact on a life than all the teachers and government programs in the world, more than any social group or religious organization, more than any external influence in the world. But it takes them both. The rest is in the first comment post.


At 5:26 PM, Blogger Richard Nixon said...

I have one son, nine months old. What a handful. I am the one that lets him fall down and bump his head without freaking out, my wife comforts him when he is not feeling well or does not want to go to sleep, I throw him in the air to hear him screech in pleasure, my wife makes sure he wears socks when we take him out in the cool weather.

We worked together to find a name, a painfully long and drawn out process; we worked together through his early weeks illness with high bilirubin. We took turns being strong when the other was weak, and we love our little miracle like nothing else on earth. He is crawling and standing up, soon to walk. He occupies all our spare time and eats into hobbies and free time, lucky for us we have nanny at home to baby sit when we both have to work. This ensures he is raised by people who love him and it also ensures he will be spoiled. Oh well….

We waited a long time to start having children. I am in the military and wanted to wait until my time was almost up and I was in a job that would not take me overseas so I would not miss any of his life growing up. I think that we will be good parents.

He wrestles cats, chases the Doberman, and wants to crawl off the bed, he is fearless. We on the other hand try to make sure the cats don’t scratch him, the dog doesn’t step on him, and he does not crawl off the bed.

He likes car rides, and that is good since the trip home for Christmas is 12-13 hours.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Kender said...

My son is 5...Love of our life. You have a great journey ahead. Enjoy it, the time flies faster each day, and you will be re-introduced to the world ina way that you have seen before, but have long forgotten in the rush of daily life. Butterflies will once again be amazing, and clouds will once again be worthy of watching float by on a lazy summer day, as you realize that watching those clouds with your son, as you lie in the grass shrugging off things on your to do list is much more important than cleaning the garage or any other myriad things that may need doing.

Smile as the days fly my friend, and enjoy every moment, even the bad ones, for later on down the road, you will smile about even them and wish beyond words that you could have that time back again, to do it all over, exactly the same.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger JohnnyDakota said...

I disagree. The most important job in the World is that of the guy who toils endless hours on the testing lines at the condom factory. His thankless job is making sure that the product he produces will help prevent more of those crying, crapping, annoying, drooling, selfish little creatures called kids from entering into our lives and using up more of our Earth’s resources.

Can you tell I’m not a parent?

In jest, (no... not really)

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Kender said...

Yeah Johnny....ever hear of "replacement value"? I thought not. Before you go into a tirade about over population let me say that people should only have the kids they can AFFORD. By that standard most peopel in 3rd world countries shouldn't have as many kids as they do. Yet they do...and they starve even more.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Angela said...

Our biggest problem here in the US is not our birth rate, it’s that folks just live too damn long. Birth rates in the third world are staggering, but unfortunately due to the AIDS crisis in Africa, India, and now China, it may well be that several generations get wiped out. Scary huh? It is not unlikely that the US will one day be exporting human capital to cover losses on other continents.

Anyway this is one proud momma of a beautiful, bouncing, curious, 9 month-old who is married to the world's most amazing father.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Kender said...

hey wife says I am the worlds most amazing father :D

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Redneck Guru said...

I have 3 kids. My boys are 12 and 9, my daughter is 6. We homeschool. We feel very strongly we are responsible for the types of people they become. We know that we care more about them and know them better than the government ever will.

My children have never heard me swear, or disparage anyone because of race, ethnicity or appearance. I have hidden my own personal prejudices from them in the hope that they will develope their own views of the world.

I answer their questions about politics and religion and taxes and life in our great country as I wish my father had answered me.

They are the reason I give a damn about many things that I would otherwise ignore.

In the book "The Prophet", raising a child is metaphorically described as shooting an arrow.(If I remember corrrectly). The arrow must be straight, your bow strong, and your aim true. And when you let go, let go, because you have done all that you can and nothing you can do will change the direction of the arrow or the distance it flies.

I like to think about it that way.


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