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What Does It Mean, To Be a Parent?

The world seems full of trouble, and uncertainty.  In these times, what should parents see as their priorities?

Is the current world situation worse than the historical norm?

Is this a bad time (is there ever a good time?) to have a child?

Are we doing the right thing?

I believe that there is no greater way to express confidence in the future than by having a child.  But, I am not all that confident in the future – at least in the U.S.

I believe life is good, almost always, more so if you manage to ignore the “news” and the manufactured idiocy that comprises, say, American politics.  How happy would you be if there was no funnel of bad news heading towards your brain 24/7?  How much of that stuff actually affects your life in any case?

We don’t really watch TV, but we are always obsessively reading news on-line.  Grace is very involved in trying to make the world a better place, which is admirable, but which leads us to focus on many things which do not really impact us directly.  My plan going forward is to ignore negativity and most of what passes for news, and concentrate on my work and my family, as these are the things that matter most.  So if I am off the grid, do not think my head is in the sand – it is where it should be.

Naming Rights

Well, I was planning to do the crib post – foiled again, even though I put it together…another fine Ikea product, by the way, they should be paying me at this point..

So I’m wondering how everyone else went about choosing their kid’s name?  We have been making lists based on no particular criteria, and I have always felt that having a list of acceptable possibilities was the way to go, with a final decision to be made when you actually have a chance to see the person who will have to bear it.  But tonight, on the subway coming home, I had a strange deja vu kind of moment.  I was at a playground with our son, who was about four (didn’t see his face…) and he was bashfully wondering how to approach some other kids to play with him.

Just go over there, I said, and tell them “Hi, I’m Ethan, want to play?”

Trying to not make too much of this, of course, it seems too simple – but what did you do when faced with this decision?

This just in – Crib

Input from my brother Caleb: “You should get a crib that is eco-friendly  – you know: the crib that dissolves after you use it!”