So here I am going through my emails as Lily watches Cinderella for the millionth time. After getting through the pertinent work-related messages, my eye catches a Wall Street Journal article that my dad sent me. It is about this new Gillette advertisement which in the spirit of the #MeToo movement basically tells us men that, as a whole, we aren’t doing a good enough job at being decent human beings. It suggests that men need to “step-up” to keep each other from grab-assing, womanizing, and bullying. Sure, some guys are good, the commercial implicitly admits, but apparently, most men are basically garbage. If you think I’m exaggerating, just watch the commercial: it literally says that “some men already are” doing the right thing but “some is not enough.” Right.
Birds and Bees
As we approach the end of the weaning process and Lily starts to exclusively eat “big people” food, I have a confession to make. I don’t have breasts. I couldn’t have fed my daughter at all for the first six months of her life if not for the assistance of modern technology, and even with a one-year-old nursing remained invaluable.
While Lily enjoys watching Baby Shark (doo doo doo) I thought I would get a few thoughts written down. The first is that the suggestion that children have no screen time whatsoever before the age of two is absurd. The second absurdity is the idea that two parents can raise a healthy family while maintaining two “fully-equal” full-time careers.
Right now I’m trying to type with a baby on my knee. This is pretty much how I get most of my writing done, which I’ll admit has been greatly diminished since I became a part-time freelancer, full-time stay-at-home dad. So to the title of this first entry: why?