Whew. What a week. And not just because I riled up the internet. There’s lots of big projects happening on the homestead and lots of preparing for the Edel Gathering. I did a test run of my talk for some friends and discovered that an hour is a lot longer than I thought it was. Ahem. So, this morning I’ll be adding to my talk. And sorry in advance that there’ll be lots of Edel on social media for the next week. I’m just beyond excited about it. And if you’ll be there, please leave a comment so I know to look for you! I can’t wait to connect with my amazing readers and beloved fellow blogging gals.
When did Baby Gwen suddenly become one of the gang? It’s such a joy to see her chasing the big kids and all the fun they have.
I guess this means I have to start putting shoes on her when we go out….
A clarification: I think it was clear in the post, but I want to say it again.
“There’s a whole movement promoting child-free spaces. I’m not talking about couples who choose not to have children. That’s a separate matter and it’s not any of my business. What I’m talking about is widespread and accepted discrimination against children.”
My post was absolutely not about couples who choose not to have children. Nor do I think those couples are selfish or hate children. All the couples I know who have chosen not to have kids are wonderful people. Not only are they not selfish, they are committed to serving others. And they are also very involved in the lives of children, be it extended family members or careers in education. So even if I think they would make amazing parents, which they would, it isn’t any of my business and I respect them.
What I was talking about hatred toward children and family and the idea that bringing children into public spaces is “forcing them upon” other people who shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the sight, sound, or behavior of kids and the claim that the very existence of families is disgusting. I had a sense of this sentiment before I wrote the post, but the response I got from the post and the anti-child forums in which it was posted brought to light a level of hatred and perversion that I had no idea existed. I won’t link to any of it, because the poor logic and immaturity isn’t worth your time and I didn’t approve comments composed of primarily offensive language, wishing death on children and families, etc., because they don’t deserve to see the light of day. But the hate speech is truly appalling and these people need our prayers.
Here a couple of follow up pieces that are worth reading, though:
In Which I Admit I Don’t Like Everyone: Molly Makes Do
“To use derogatory terms about a person is not charitable; whether that person is a two year old or a grown man in a wheelchair. To disrespect a person who cares for a child, the elderly, the disabled, etc. is not charitable. To wish a person harm because they happen to be under the age of eighteen. To presume that your space, your needs and your comfort always trump the rest of the world is not charitable.”
An open letter to Americans about kids: A Drop in the Ocean
“Just because you don’t have good experiences with kids doesn’t mean you can make sweeping generalizations about them. Hating kids doesn’t say anything about them, but it says a lot about you.”
On a lighter note, I kept the black Stitch Fix dress. But help me decide whether to wear the yellow necklace with it. I think the yellow shoes need some kind of yellow tie-in, but some of you fashionable ladies said the dress doesn’t need it. Help a sister out and chime in!
I am loving your Ask Me Anythings from last week’s TWM. I’m gonna try to post the first vlog answering them next week unless life takes a crazy turn (which it almost inevitably does, amirite?!).
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