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Old 03-03-2008, 10:48 AM   #121
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FD, who says she didn't? I had to get this warm personality from someone, right?
I'll withhold judgement until I come to Charleston next year, and you recoil in horror from my children..........

What I meant was if you mother hated kids, she wouldn't have had you,and there would be no "warm fuzzy Sarah" to deal with on here..........
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Freebird, I just wrote a senryū about a similar topic yesterday. You can easily adapt it for your needs.

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Similar to a haiku............
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Senryƫ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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oh, ok, i get it. just gotta make one minor change 'cuz i'm FIREd

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you captured it perfectly. sure you weren't there too? LOL
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you captured it perfectly. sure you weren't there too? LOL
Let's just say you did a great job of painting a mental picture of the situation
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Moemg, your grandson is adorable.

Put me down in the category of loving to hold babies. I think that they are truly little miracles. My daughter had her first ultrasound today and I was amazed watching my first grandchild moving around and seeing her heart beating. I can't wait until she makes her arrival sometime around the middle of July.
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I'd have to assume it's some sort of biological imperitive to ensure the survival of the species. A baby would never have been able to fend for themselves in the wild whereas, if they weren't too Emo, a teen would.

In other words, from an evolutionary standpoint, you just can't help yourself.
That makes sense as far as the biological imperative to take care of babies goes, Marquette. But what I'm getting at is that the parents who plan to have kids apparently are just thinking in terms of "babies" without thinking ahead that these cute little bundles of joy are not going to stay that way very long.

Don't prospective parents look around and see what happens to kids as they get older? Don't they see what's going on in their own extended families, or how their own lives were when they were younger? Maybe they're just in denial. What else would explain their unpreparedness or inability of so many (most?) people to cope with their children as they grow out of infancy and childhood?
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Well, many people seem to enter this 'I must have a baby, now!' phase. I'm guessing that's biologically driven as well since the choice seems illogical.
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Put me down in the category of loving to hold babies. I think that they are truly little miracles. My daughter had her first ultrasound today and I was amazed watching my first grandchild moving around and seeing her heart beating. I can't wait until she makes her arrival sometime around the middle of July.
Thank you , I was crazy about him from the first ultrasound picture .
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Well, my childhood wasn't all the great, but I am doing my best to make my kid's childhoods a big fun happy time.........unlike it was for DW and I.........
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Between babies and small animals (no matter what kind), I will take babies. At least they grow up and learn to take care of themselves! Had 3 myself.
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Between babies and small animals (no matter what kind), I will take babies. At least they grow up and learn to take care of themselves! Had 3 myself.

I know a few people that didn't learn to well how to take care of themselves. Now the penal system is taking care of them.
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Why is it that so many people (especially women) just love babies? But when was the last time that you heard someone say that they just love teen-agers?

BTW this post is not a slam against teens. I recall very well how miserable life can be at that age, but people don't seem to realize that today's cute baby is tomorrow's adolescent.
I like babies; I can't help but smile when I see one. And I like teenagers too. To me they are in many ways at least less full of bull sh*t than a typical American adult, who is overall as intersting as mud.

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I knew since I was 20 years old that I never wanted kids. It is the main reason I was able to retire last year at the age of 45. My life would be soooooo miserable if I had kids.
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Then thank goodness you didn't have kids! Kid haters frequently make lousy parents..... Sometimes things just work out for the best.
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I have one child, a son age 26. He is the best thing in my life. He was a colicky baby but who would have known then that this was the last "trouble" we would give us. I would have liked another, but my husband was not hep on the idea. No grandkids yet as he is a bachelor and appears to be a workaholic. Says he doesn't want kids but he is still so young. I think if he falls in love he can be talked around to the idea. Before we married, my LH agreed to the possibility of two or three but changed his mind after one. I think that the stress of having a baby during his initial hospital residency tapped him out a bit.
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