Yesterday my daughter came to spend the day and brought our granddaughter. After a morning of church, a relaxed lunch (crockpot orange chicken–yum!) and playtime with simple toys, mommy went to lay down for a nap and baby girl was left all to us.
I put on some music and we migrated to the kitchen where we danced. Baby girl has got rhythm! She bobbed and twisted and stumbled and giggled. She loved to swing in the air, throwing her chubby legs up and out. When I tried dancing around her, she kept backing up in a circle trying to keep in line with me. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.
Children are our delight, our futures, our hope, our lives.
The old standard of “women and children first” reflected the value people once placed on the survival of future generations. Carey Roberts, in an article, Titantic Chivalry, wrote, “Of the 1,327 passengers on board, 73% of the women made it to the lifeboats, while only 7% of the men survived. That fateful night, the bodies of 702 men settled into their watery graves.”
Somewhere this valuing and even desiring children has slipped. There is an increase of statistical reports of countries with zero and negative population growths. Zero Population growth “is a condition of demographic balance where the number of people in a specified population neither grows nor declines is considered as a social aim. According to some, zero population growth is the ideal towards which countries and the whole world should aspire in the interests of accomplishing long-term environmental sustainability.” This demographic trend has a new catch name, “The No-baby Boom.”
The Duggars are a family with their own T.V. show on TLC. They have 19 children and two grandchildren. Not only has their environmental footprint been attacked, but bloggers and columnists have a hey day with posts such as “By 2100, Everyone will be part Duggar.” I like the comment at the base of one such page, “I have no problem with the Duggars. . . They have a happy, intelligent, well-behaved family. . .”
When did we slip from guarding and protecting the future generation to challenging their right to be here? When did we move from cherishing children to cherishing a earth without them? I believe strongly in being a good steward of our earthly home, but I also believe it was created to serve our needs, not that we should sacrifice it’s purpose to it’s survival. We can have both—future generations and a thriving, healthy earth. I respect families, like the Duggars, who teach their children to be responsible in their choices, but above all, teach them to worship our Creator, rather than His creations.