Showing posts from April, 2013

Yes, they're all MINE ...

As seen on Facebook, there's an interesting parallel between these two quotes: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendents, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.” (Adolph Hitler) “So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” (Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host) My children do not belong to the community. I conceived them, carried them, birthed them ... cared for them at all hours, fed them, changed their diapers, cleaned up after them. We had precious little help in the process, especially when the older ones were little. No grandparents nearby to dump them with if I wanted to go shopping. On the flip side, I saw their first smiles, their first steps, c