Alpha Girl (linked through Minnow's page) recently talked about changing careers to work with babies in hospitals. My sister has been working in hospitals and studying nursing and such for some time so I decided to ask her about that particular job prospect. My sister's response was something to the effect of:
"Why not take care of the elderly? It's practically the same thing. Nurses are being discouraged away from pediatrics because the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age and there are a lot more old folks than babies."
I told her that I think Alpha is intent on being with babies. It got me thinking about how I have worried about having more people on earth than the planet can support, but I have also had this thought:
If the smart people of the world are the ones avoiding having kids then who does that leave to continue the human endeavor?
I think it is funny how people ask me how many kids I have and they think of 3 as a lot of kids. They say, "Wow, you're breeding like crazy." I really wouldn't expect this reaction in Utah. UTAH!
So, true, I have probably doomed my kids to live in a ridiculous and dangerous world but I see them as the hope of their time. The other day I took my kids to the school where my wife works so she could watch them while I went and applied for another job and I returned to find that they had drawn some pictures. The pictures were mostly of banana slugs, as usual. My kids love drawing banana slugs. Probably because they are easy to draw: an oblong shape with those stalky antenna things. But my two year old daughter had done a special drawing.
I said, "What is this?"
Answer, "It's a happy guy in jail." (a red smiley face behind a lot of parallel yellow lines)
And I thought, "This is probably the best prepared for our world as she can be at two years." She's on track and the best hope we've got, as far as I'm concerned.