Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rage Against The Machine

Enough already...If this post seems pointed, if I come across as argumentative or dare I say even pugnacious it is with good cause.

For 9 months my wife and I have endured the onslaught of thoughts and comments that come with pregnancy...  
"Just you wait"...
"You will see soon enough"
"Cloth diapers?"
"Making your own baby food"?
"Say goodbye to sleep"
"Life as you known it will change"
Really? So let  me get this straight, bringing another human being, that you created, that you are responsible for, that knows nothing in its baby world but what you will teach it, changes your life?
You don't say...

"What exactly did you think would occur when you decided to have a child?
Was it similar to the life ending  utterance of saying "I do" when you were married?
Did you think of  these things at all, prior to the commitment of actually doing them?  
"Sounded like a good idea at the time"...
Now that I think about it, my life style has frequently come under scrutiny because of my propensity to "go my own way".
Rest assured that this "philosophy on life",(as flawed as it may be), will be a driving force in the upbringing of my son as well.     
Alas it is not all "Doom & Gloom".
There are small pockets of resistance, I have seen them with my own eyes, I have passed them on the trail, I know some of them on a personal level.
Families that aren't about the status quo, they rage against the machine...

“Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait”

 ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow