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I dread whenever somebody comes up to me, shoves a picture of a newborn
baby under my nose, and asks what I think about it. Usually I answer
something like "Yep, that's definitely a baby, all right". This usually gets
a chuckle and causes the picture-shover to forget that he was trolling for
some sort of compliment.
(R) Well as a new father, I love my daughter, and, I don't carry pictures around
(mainly because she's only 10 days old and the ones we have are OURS) :^)
(MB) Congratulations! Don't worry, though. You'll probably start ordering
pictures in bulk before long...*grin*
Let's face it -- unless the particular baby in the picture is extraordinarily
ugly, almost all babies look the same. That "sameness", by the way, is not
synonymous with "cuteness". Even though I have had three of my own, I fail to
see the qualities inherent in babies that tend to turn most adults into
(R) All babies are cute, just some more than others ( I'm biased, of course...) :-)
(MB) Naturally. I'm just musing about what qualities of a baby (especially a
newborn) qualify as being "cute". Any suggestions?
Another thing I can't figure out concerning babies is why there must be
special mention of them in any news story about a tragedy in which people
have died. You know the ones -- "Car crash kills five, including a baby". I
guess that mentioning the baby is supposed to make the story seem more
heart-rending. In reality, it seems to point out a rather callous attitude
towards adults getting killed. Is it any less tragic that four others were
killed in that same car crash just because they weren't "babies"?
(R) You know, that is my current gripe with the media, and for the most part,
politicians. We went through a stage of their bandering on about "for the
children", yet, they are not helping them out. Sure, they got catsup taken
off the vegetable list, but how about helping their parents out by not
gouging them at tax time? How many working moms >would< like to take off
work and be with their children? Mine would. It's killing her to go back to
work and let someone else watch our little-one. How about affordable child
care, or, credit to off-set the cost?
(MB) I would support improvements in the child care system. If our society is going to support children and the traditional family structure, it should also support their maintenance.
(R) How about allowing them to grow up in
neighborhoods without fear of being a crime victim, hurt, or worse, shot by
(MB) That's going to require more of a general societal change in attitudes. Certainly, for all their failings, our schools have never taught or encouraged gang mentalities or criminal behavior. I would say that those behaviors derive from the notion that education can be ignored.
(R) How about letting "the children" learn in school, instead of
being indoctrinated in safe-sex, alternate life styles, shunning religion,
and getting the opposite results from history?
(MB) Education should present the facts about any given subject -- whether or not they may be pleasant to certain individuals or groups.
(R) How about teaching them
skills in the >real< world? Like, oh, how to use interest rates at banks,
the power of saving money, tangible work skills, self-reliance,
interpersonal skills, balancing their checkbooks, using credit wisely, and
basic citizenship (like voting, being aware of what their government is
doing, and, learning and respecting their heritage). My little one may not
get these from the schools, government, or the world, but she will learn
what she needs to survive from me and my wife. We owe her that much... and,
to hell with the PC crowd. She is my daughter and she will learn the things
the right way from us...
(MB) Bravo for you!! That's the ultimate solution to many of the problems that
it is popular to blame upon the "educational system". People forget that
education begins at home and the most important parts of it should come from the
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