Let's just say, if the continuation of the human species depended on me, a lot of wildlife would breathe a sigh of relief.
Seriously, I was at lunch today with another woman, and about 5 young women, most carrying baby car seat things (you know, the ones for really little babies that come out of the car and then people carry around?), came in.
The other woman was totally fixated on the babies. She talked about how much she wished she were a new mom again. She stared at them yearningly. She talked about how cute they were. How irresistable.
Don't get me wrong. I'm careful when I need to lift or carry a baby. I've changed my share while babysitting. I try to be decent and respectful to people of all ages.
But, I have not one iota of fascination or interest in babies. Never have.
(If you're female in the US, you're really not supposed to say that.)
When the other woman talked about how she wished she were a new mom again, I thought to myself that if I found myself in day to day charge of a baby, I'd take it to the nearest hospital and then find a way to do myself in (without making a mess). Seriously, just thinking about spending even an afternoon in the company of a baby... well, I've done it plenty, and it didn't make me want to do it more.
I imagine maybe it's like color-blindness; color-blind people know that other people see green or whatever, but they don't see it. I know that some people find babies irresistable, but I don't see it.
I thank science every day for the development of effective birth control, and thank my luck for the luck part, too. I thank science and the legal system for the development of safe abortions, too.
Anyway, I asked the other woman why she'd want to be a new mom again, because I don't get it, but I'm curious.
She said, because they're cuddly and they're completely dependent.
Cuddly I can understand.
But the dependent thing? I don't get that, really. In fact, I find it sort of creepy in a power-mongering way.
So, if you're someone who likes babies, help me understand what it is you find irresistable or attractive or whatever, please!