Hello from the land of Grog, which seems to be the magical kingdom I currently inhabit. I’m not nearly as wonky-out as yesterday; this time yesterday, I was snoring in my bedroom. The temptation to repeat that is strong, though on my mother-in-law’s bed – yes, I’m attempting to get some work done. Thus far, this seems to encompass sipping coffee and yawning, and trying to not come off biting when I explain that I don’t want to nap, please don’t assume that’s what I’m supposed to be doing, blah blah blah.
If you couldn’t tell, I hate naps. I cannot remember a time I ever liked them. 🙂 Even as a kid, I’d try to skive out of them, never mind that Mom wouldn’t believe it when I came in five minutes after she put me down pretending that hours had passed. <<
And whato, what’s this? A clever lead-in to the news that the government wants to get up in the parenting grill from birth?! Part of my mind is busy boggling at the thought that someone could be so daft as to not realize that babies need love and attention, while another part is aghast that I’m supposed to believe this enough to say that the government should have the power to evaluate, and keep evaluating, my child the second she popped into the world.
PLOP! – It’s a girl!
Ah, but she doesn’t know ‘Bah Bah Black Sheep’ at 20 seconds old, so she’s obviously deficient. TO THE BACK OF THE LINE WITH YOU!
I know, I know – the PC brigade has made it ‘Bah Bah Wooly Sheep’. I won’t be teaching it to my children as such. *grins*
But back to the point – why is this even news? Why should the government immediately think they should muck their paws in? What excuse is there for ignorance in this digital day and age? Come on – libraries have free internet, and have for years. But I also abhor the implication that people are bad parents because poor OBVIOUSLY means ignorant – I maintain anyone who shoves their child off to a nanny every day all day is a pretty shit parent. Your nanny is probably an ace parent, but can you yourself claim to actually know your child? And no, shuttling them back and forth from school and practice isn’t quality time, mes amis. But I know that it’s a losing argument – too many people are convinced that money is the true way, and all my hippy-dippy preachings of simplifying life will never serve to convince someone that their annual vacation abroad is a luxury, not a necessity.
True, variety is the spice of life, and that everyone living their own and different life is meaningful. But that doesn’t make me any less alarmed by the mismanaged prioritization I see in so many these days. If we spend some time with good old Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, we can see that too many people are grasping for belonging and esteem while ignoring physiological and safety needs. Grasping for things at the top without a secure foundation isn’t a wise thing to do – the whole structure of ones’ life can and will come tumbling down. But can we fully blame people for this sort of behavior? Not really, no – we are a society that has forgotten the value of patience, that all good things come to those that wait. Instead, we see a lot more grasping and nownownow behavior, the why of which I admit to not being able to understand.
I can understand wanting a rocketcar, though – we’re totally supposed to have those by now. *nods firmly*
Anyways, just some random thoughts, loosely organized against a haze of chemical reprogramming – enjoy!