Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Big family column at the Washington Post

Matthew Arbold of Catholic Blog Award Winning Creative Minority Report has a post bragging about the luxury of having five children, which references a column on this subject at the Washington Post.
Wow, I've done something posh! I had a third child. Who knew, that me, the thrift-shopper with the 8 year old mini-van is acting like a Hamptonite nouveau riche!
He's right, it really seems like a luxury to have more than two children on this expensive island.


Anonymous said...

What would they think of ten??

Leticia said...

Well, most of the commenters have been pro large family, believe it or not. Someone pointed out that it costs $204.000 to raise a child to age 18 in the USA. Read what this commenter had to say, it was quite inspiring.
BrownShirtGeorge wrote:
What do you get for your $204,060?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $204,060, you never have to grow up. You get to:
* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek, and
* catch lightning bugs

You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watching Saturday morning cartoons,
* going to Disney movies, and
* wishing on stars.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For $204,060, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to witness the:
* first step,
* first word,
* first date, and
* first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.

You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That, my friend, is a lot of bang for your buck!!!