Since I knew pretty much from the start that the illustrious Steve-o was going to be an only child, I gave my maternity clothes away as soon as I could fit back into regular clothes. This is a good thing not only because the thought of enduring pregnancy and/or childbirth at my age (fortunately for me a moot point since the hysterectomy- yay!) is absolutely abominable, and because I can visualize Jerry as the “don’t” illustration in the instructional pic. It’s fortunate I was not able to have any children with Jerry as he is worse than a toddler himself and he would have been absolutely no help. I will grant that for some women a hysterectomy is a tragic event. I have all the sympathy in the world for someone who has to have one because of cancer or trauma, or who has to have a hysterectomy in spite of wanting more children, or someone who ends up having to have a hysterectomy at a very young age. But each individual is different, and for me the hysterectomy was one of the best things I’ve ever done to preserve my sanity and improve my health. Had I known what I know now I’d have insisted on having it done 15 years ago or so as the repair work after my c-section was completely messed up (hindsight of course is 20/20) rather than suffering through years of interminable miserable visits from “Aunt Flo” along with pretty much constant pelvic pain. Also remembering hindsight is 20/20, I’d been better off had my c-section turned into a c-section and hysterectomy at the same time. Even if I had ever wanted to get pregnant again it would have been pretty much impossible given the way I was pieced back together after the c-section. I spent 18 years in accumulating and intensifying misery and there are no words to describe my relief at not having to endure the pain and the infernal mess. So for me- at age 40- the hysterectomy was a happy event. I wasn’t using it any more anyway.
I do have a lot of empathy for pregnant women though. I would not want to have to deal with all that noise today- the expense, the car seat hassles, the late night squalling, all that. I don’t know if it’s because I’m old or because I’ve been through it before or a combination of both, but kids are fine as long as they aren’t mine- and their parents exert some sort of discipline and control over them in public. I absolutely despise people who let their rugrats scream all the way through Target or run around like they are being raised by wolves or something. Perhaps that’s the problem right there. Steve-o is at least past two major hurdles- he is potty trained and literate- but we need to work on the “gainfully employed” part of the adulthood equation. All in due time I guess, but I really hate society and government’s cute little expectations that we should extend adolescence far beyond the teen years. If kid is supposed to be an adult at age 18, then why does the government think parents should pay for extended schooling and health insurance until they’re 26? What the hell is Congress smoking? Obama, granted, is a Marxist nut job, but come on! When I was 26 I was working 12 hour days and trying to support my four year old son. The government sure as hell didn’t help me with that- nor did I expect them to.
I do notice that more and more this is becoming a geezer friendly world and it’s a bit disquieting. Every time I turn around there’s all these commercials trying to entice seniors to change their Medicare coverage. Now there’s even a delightful little device for those too lazy to wash their feet which I find hilarious. I also get a catalog full of all kinds of medical and other notion type things marketed toward the over-sixty set.
Somebody shoot me if I get too lazy to bother to wash my feet. I may not be perfect- by a long shot- but I do take some pride in my personal hygiene.
Last night I had to make a run to Target to get some cheese. I had forgotten I didn’t have enough cheddar cheese for both Jerry’s tacos and the taco dip I am taking to the luncheon tomorrow. Normally I would have gotten it at Kroger’s but Kroger’s is out of my way on the way home from work. Target has shredded cheddar cheese and is on the way. So does WalMart, but the WalMart on Morse Rd. is not suitable for civilized people to enter at any time, (that place is a freak show from hell) let alone after dark and during the holidays. So, knowing that all the department stores are dens of insanity this time of year, I bravely enter the Target store on my quest for cheese.
While Target’s clientele does not contain nearly as much of the criminal and/or governmentally dependent crowd as WalMart’s, the crowd last night was by no means a pleasure. I truly wish people would either teach their rugrats how to behave in public or leave them at home. Duct taping their big yaps shut is also an option. It seemed as if I were playing dodge-em all the way through Target. Why do people think the store is a place to stand around and socialize or worse, talk on the phone? I am capable of walking and talking on a cellphone. If someone as ill-coordinated as I can do it then anyone can do it, I assure you.
Some helpful hints for parents of toddlers/preschoolers:
Do NOT give your three or four year old any package to carry through the parking lot. He/she will only drop it and then start screaming and stomping his/her feet. Worse yet, they may decide to roll around in the greasy parking lot slush which is going to be nine kinds of hell getting out of their hair and clothes.
Do NOT let your child munch on items you haven’t paid for yet. That is sending your child the wrong message. If Sammy or Sadie is going to get the munchies bring something from home. Better yet, teach them to wait until scheduled meal times so that others don’t have to watch your kids smear used Oreo cookie all over the cart handle.
Do bring LOTS of Kleenex. Nothing is more gross than looking over and seeing someone’s rugrat smearing copious gobs of snot all over his/her face, the cart handle, the stuff in the cart, etc. and so on. Control the snot. Nobody needs that visual.
All I needed was some cheese.