Sometimes I hear people talking about things they used to do and how they’ve done their time, and they’ll never do it again…
“The next time I wear a suit and tie, it’ll be at my own funeral!” for instance.
Some people really do go on about it, and I’ll think wow that’s like, quite a lot of baggage you’ve got there.
That’s as far as my judgement goes, because y’all, I’ve got quite a lot of baggage myself.
Recently I was asked if I was interested in a babysitting job. At first I was all oh yes, that’d be fine, i’d love to help, i’m good with kids, i have time, and ooh! extra money… I mean, I did babysit for years. These two kids belong to a woman I’ve known since she was a baby. Her family is one of the nicest I know. I would enjoy playing, eating animal crackers, and reading all the wonderful books with the precious little people. I would.
Then I started thinking extensively and my brain went to this dark place where it forgives but never forgets: car seats, choking hazards, diapers, poop, rashes, butt cream, vomit, fevers, dog bites, cat scratches, poisonous plants, bee stings, hard floors, busted heads, skinned knees, band-aids, coffee table corners, outlet covers, cords, potty training, “i do it!” children’s programming, strollers, messes you can’t even…
I barely lived through it.
I asked, “I suppose it wouldn’t be helpful if I only took the older one, hm?”
I’m a kid person. I never was a baby person.
I guess if you’re not a baby person, you can nurture your own babies with the support of your husband, your mother, his mother, his sister, your friends, your neighbors, basically a village, a pediatrician, Parenting magazine, twenty-two baby books, dozens of Little Einsteins videos — but once your babies are kids, you can go right back to not bein a baby person.
Are you a baby person? What have you decided you’ve done enough of?
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She would’ve preferred that I use No as No. but alas, I could not.