First I want to thank everyone who responded to yesterday’s invitation to discuss your choices about having children (or not). Since I am not an astrologer, I don’t know what might be in your Fifth House that would have influenced those decisions.
But it is a serious choice, perhaps the most important one that we will ever make. I so appreciate your thoughtful replies, and sharing your musings about what it means to be a parent.
If you didn’t get a chance to reply yet, you still can. Please be welcome.
Meantime, as is my habit on the weekends, I turn things over to the viewpoints of others. Here are some randomly selected quotes about those mysterious little people that mean the world to us. Enjoy!
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music. ~William Stafford
Children are one third of our population and all of our future. ~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981
Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. ~Fran Lebowitz
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~Rabindranath Tagore
You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. ~Harold Hulbert
If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. ~Pearl S. Buck
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next. ~Franklin P. Jones
Children make you want to start life over. ~Muhammad Ali
Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. ~Not Your Average Dictionary
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized. ~Margaret Atwood
Ralph Waldo Emerson had a couple of pithy thoughts about kids:
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.
Writer and social commentator Robert Brault has this to say:
In a dark moment I ask, “How can anyone bring a child into this world?” And the answer rings clear, “Because there is no other world, and because the child has no other way into it.” ~Robert Brault
The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives. ~Robert Brault
If we would listen to our kids, we’d discover that they are largely self-explanatory. ~Robert Brault
If you haven’t time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded. ~Robert Brault
On the other hand..
What is a home without children? Quiet. ~Henny Youngman
It is not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six. ~John W. Gardner and Francesca Gardner Reese
There are only two things a child will share willingly – communicable diseases and his mother’s age. ~Benjamin Spock, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 1945
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything. ~Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone Scelto
Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969
Our genes make us immortal. ~The Secret of Life, PBS
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. ~Phyllis Diller
Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed. ~Robert Gallagher
There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. ~Frank A. Clark
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass
The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. ~Joan Kerr, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, 1957
We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up. ~Christopher Morley