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I GIVE IT AN 85

Filed at 4:39 pm under by dcobranchi

The column is way over-wrought, but the author still “gets it,” nonetheless:

Young families must make the decision: Will junior go to day care and day school, or will mom stay home and raise him? The rationalizations begin. “A family just can’t make it on one income.” (Our parents did.) “It just costs so much to raise a child nowadays.” (Yeah, if you buy brand-name clothing, pre-prepared food, join every club and activity, and spend half the cost of a house on the daughter’s wedding, it does.) And so, the decision is made. We give up the bulk of our waking hours with our children, as well as the formation of their minds, philosophies, and attitudes, to strangers. We compensate by getting a boat to take them to the river, a van to carry them to Little League, a 2,800-square-foot house, an ATV, a zero-turn Cub Cadet, and a fund to finance a brand-name college education. And most significantly, we claim “our right” to pursue a career for our own
“self-fulfillment.”

Deep down, however, we know that our generation has eaten its seed corn. We lack the discipline and the vision to deny ourselves in the hope of something enduring and worthy for our posterity. We are tired from working extra jobs, and the looming depression threatens our 401k’s. Credit cards are nearly maxed, and it costs a $100 to fuel the Suburban. Now the kid is raising hell again, demanding the latest Play Station as his price for doing his school work … and there goes that modest young woman in the home-made dress with her four bright-eyed, well-behaved home-schooled children in tow. Wouldn’t you just love to wipe that serene look right off her smug face?

Is it any wonder we hate her so?

Worth a read.

3 Responses to “I GIVE IT AN 85”


Comment by
Toni
June 8th, 2008
at 7:11 pm

Actually, I think it is a hoot… I loved it…


Comment by
Toni
June 8th, 2008
at 7:15 pm

Oops, I meant to add that it is actually quite the little jab at our “gotta have it all” modern society …


Comment by
lori
June 8th, 2008
at 9:18 pm

“Freshly scrubbed boys with neatly trimmed hair and girls with braids,”

Aha. Ahaha. Ahahaha. Ahahahahahahahaha!

Sorry. Inside joke.