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Comment by booklover on January 14, 2013 at 5:01pm

Comment by booklover on January 14, 2013 at 5:00pm

Joan, your Voice Of Reason video was just beautiful!  I wish I could have everyone I know watch it.

Napoleon, Don't I know it!  I am on meds for anxiety and panic attacks. I have been for 20 years, and I should have been even before that. Fortunately we've come a long way with acceptance of these things!

Felaine, you did what was best for you, and you knew what you could handle and what you could not.  That makes you very self-aware and smart!  I wanted kids, had 2 miscarriages before 6 weeks, and gave birth to 2 full-term.  When people said they were sorry I lost my 'baby', I thought, "what?".  It wasn't a baby yet.  I was only a couple of weeks.  I never for a minute mourned losing a 'baby.'  It was probably not even an embryo yet.  And the 2 I did have, and still have, I can't even begin to say how overwhelming it is to be a parent.  They are the best things that ever happened to me, but I will NEVER know a true moments peace for the rest of my life.  I love them so overwhelmingly I will worry until my last breath.  It is NOT for everyone.  You should never feel ashamed.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 14, 2013 at 4:51pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 14, 2013 at 3:50pm

Joan, Lawrence Krauss' view is amazing indeed!  So much more so than the simplistic and childish religious stories.

I learned 4 new words in your unsettled weather report :)

Couldn't get "Look'n at daddy" video to play.

Felaine, I'm also self-centered and responsibility is not something I like either.  I also agree there are too many unwanted, abused, lonely children in the world. 

Although, if I had children they would not be abused or lonely, and probably not unwanted, despite my dislike of responsibility.  I've taken responsibility seriously when I've had to.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2013 at 3:10pm

Joan, the only fact I knew for sure from the time I was about 13 (after doing a lot of baby-sitting to pay for skating lessons) was that I never, ever wanted to have children.  I'm too self-centered to be a decent parent; sometimes even the daily cat care gets on my left nerve.

Mother kept telling me that I'd change my attitude once I had a baby (she was terribly anxious to be a grandmother), but I didn't think it would be fair, or safe, for the child to take such a risk.

I got pregnant 3 times (before the Pill), and got violently ill before I even missed a period every single time.  So I had 3 abortions before the 6th week...all illegal, of course.  A lot of people helped me find real MDs who were willing to do D&Cs on the sly.

I still sometimes think I should be ashamed, but I don't.  I think it's a worse "sin" to bring an unwanted child into the world than it is to abort one...or 3.  There are too many unwanted, abused, lonely children as it is.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 2:29pm

sk8eycat, We learned so many things that are not true. I guess that is what growing up means ... question authority, think for yourself, enjoy today for this is all there is, and appreciate natural things. 

By the way, in the movie, "Look'n at daddy"  there is scene that looked like our house at feeding time 48 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 2:24pm
Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2013 at 2:19pm

Joan, thank you.  Stuff like that just takes my breath away.

I wish I'd known some of this when I was a teen, struggling to make myself believe what I was told in church.  I just couldn't believe that my contemporaries actually had two-way conversations with a god, and I thought the fault was mine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 1:39pm
Voice of Reason Lawrence Krauss Reality is liberating
http://youtu.be/XECgqGw8abk
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 1:22pm
Unsettled weather including snozzle, frizzle, grapple, drizzle, snow, fozzle, and frain. Walks and roads covered with ice and I am snug in my blanket with a nice cup of coffee and home-grown and made Concord grape juice.
 

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