Why would people ever want to have children? The cost is now prohibitive. To start off, you begin with a hospital bill, and then you bribe a smart person to take a SAT test for your average children. Kids today will go nowhere unless they’re accepted to an Ivy League school. The cost today to send a kid out into the world must be approaching about $900,000.
Why my wife and I didn’t plan our family’s expansion, I don’t know. Before we realized what had happened to us, we’d had four babies in four years, four months with the last two twins. My wife loved them, because she thought they were so cute. Baby birds in a nest up a tree are cute, too, but to feed them, worms are free. And when the mother bird determines her babies are ready to fly, she kicks them out of their cozy nest. I recently remarked to a son that it was such a relief when I kicked my four kids out of my nest, built with flimsy sticks. He responded, “Same here.”
Going back to the beginning with the first family, Adam and Eve, had only two sons and decided to stop right there. One was good and one was bad. And we don’t know where a female species came from to continue populating the earth.
But times changed when parents saw a need for gobs of kids to help grow food on their farms. In Eden, food was plentiful for the picking, but family structures changed dramatically since then. One of my great-grandfather’s family had 14 kids and another one had 15. Imagine having 15 kids growing up in a Trump Tower in New York City.
Our president is a family man, too. He’s a firm believer in, if at first you don’t succeed, do it over. He’s had three wives. Ivana, the first one was born in the Czech Republic, and then Marla Maples, who was born in, of all places, Dalton, Georgia, came second. And now his third one, the first lady, Melania, who was born in Slovenia. Her primary responsibility is to hold his hand after he embarks from the helicopter on the White House lawn. Undoubtedly, this gesture warms America’s heart. Don’t say the president doesn’t understand how children impact parents' lives. He has five children and nine grandchildren, many of whom advise him if he needs it.
My children advise me, too. Is it in our Constitution that children can impeach their father? Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a political party in Congress. She has the power to bring impeachment proceedings against the president, but will she do it? What experience has she had to undertake such action. For one thing, she gave birth to five children in six years.
Any woman who could do that is powerful enough to build a wall if she sets her mind to it. To feel useful, my wife instructed me to take charge of diaper changing, but men don’t seem to have a clue as to what rashes are. To raise children, mothers are embedded with natural-born instincts; fathers generally practice hit-and-miss methods. My wife would say, “Let them work their frustrations out.” Women don’t understand how a man’s frustrations can weaken him to the point of feeling insignificant.
Like everything else about our lives during these modern times, it’s changing too fast. Not only is the globe warming, it’s churning. But what greater blessing is there than children to love then, now and forever.
Some people are beginning to think that love does not make the world go around; calories do. And as families expand and children become hyper-active, why is it that the exhaustion factor overcomes the father before it does the mother?
For an unexplainable reason, birth rates are dropping. According to Census statistics, in 1950, birth rates were 37.2 per 1,000 population. In 2020, it is projected to be 18.2, or one-half of what it was 70 years ago. The implications are enormous. Does it mean that in 2090, the earth becomes void of humans?
God works in mysterious ways as does Donald Trump. Will God start populating the earth over again with another Adam and Eve in the land of maybe Edam this time?
One other statistic bothers me. Why do women who give birth and take charge of family dynamics, live longer than men do? Annamarie Donavan of Pittsburgh got her first iPad at age 100. Now at age 108, she’s on her third one.
— Contact Terry Cummins at TLCTLC@AOL.com.