HUMOR – I recently read something on the Internet that I suspect was written for the sole purpose of starting an argument. I may be wrong; usually the Internet is a place of love and unity and so it is difficult to say either way. You be the judge.
From “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry” by Chrissy Stockton under the pseudonym Amy Glass:
Having kids and getting married are considered life milestones. We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them. They are the most common thing, ever, in the history of the world. They are, by definition, average. And here’s the thing, why on earth are we settling for average? … If women can do anything, why are we still content with applauding them for doing nothing?
There it is.
Chrissy Stockton figured it out, folks. Getting married and having children is “average” and “doing nothing.”
She may be right. Getting married may be average. However, staying married is not. Bearing children may be average. Raising children to be kind, loving, hard-working, law-abiding adults who know how to properly scrub a bathroom is increasingly not average.
And let us pause for a moment and dissect this concept of “doing nothing.”
My children spend several hours a day at school. As I walk them home every afternoon it is my habit to ask them what they have done that day.
“What did you do at school today?” I ask, usually followed by, “Why are you walking in the gutter?! Please get out of the gutter.”
And they reply: “Nothing,” and, “Why can’t we walk in the gutter?! Walking in the gutter is SO awesome.”
And then I say: “You have been at school for seven hours and you have done NOTHING? You just sat there and stared at the wall when you could have been home cleaning the bathroom?” followed by, “Get. Out. Of the gutter.”
Therefore, when my kids graduate from college I am not going to applaud. I am going to be that one silent parent at the back of the auditorium wearing a grimace of disgust because I am not content with applauding gutter-walking people for doing nothing.
Or perhaps my children are doing more than “nothing” at school. Perhaps because of their immaturity and inexperience they are incapable of seeing the big picture. They are incapable of seeing that every time they are asked to write another sentence on wide-ruled paper that they are one step closer to getting a master’s degree or a doctorate or becoming a fighter pilot who does not walk in the gutter.
There are some tasks that appear to accomplish nothing and yet are invaluable to humanity, like raising children, recycling your trash, watering an oak tree or wearing deodorant.
And there are other tasks that may feel like an accomplishment, but are only hollow waste of time, like picking fights on the Internet.
Elise Haynes chronicles family life in her blog Haynes Family Yard Sale. Any opinions stated in this column are her own and not necessarily those of St. George News.
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