You know, I wonder from time to time how it is I was able to raise a person. Then I saw this on Facebook a while back and knew I couldn’t be alone:
Seriously. How true is this? Besides the fact that I don’t have one single plant inside or outside of this house because I do totally kill them, a whole, live, real person exits our bodies through our vaginas or through a hole that is cut in our stomachs and then we have to keep this real person alive. Same thing goes for people who adopt, have a surrogate and/or are a guardian. However you achieve one of these little people, we have to keep them alive. We also have to keep them from turning into total assholes.
We have to do all that for at least 18 years. Because after that, it’s totally up to the person/people that we raised to keep it going. Hoping for the best. Hoping they learned something from us. Us. People who were totally thrown into the fire. I mean, I babysat when I was 12, but does that really count? How can it? Watching some rug rats that weren’t even mine for a few hours a month hardly gives me the credentials to raise actual humans.
And when I ran into an old friend or acquaintance and they asked me what I had been up to, I wish I had the wherewithal to answer, “keeping a person alive.” That is totally compelling and sounds a little more intriguing than, “oh, I walked around the mall with the stroller brigade and bought crap off the clearance rack at Gap because I hate to pay full price,” don’t you think?
I also believe that this raising a person business should be a major bullet point on our resumes. Damn. I should be able to run an entire corporation based on that skill-set alone. And I couldn’t find a job when I was looking for one because I didn’t have a degree? Pfft.
Here is how my resume will look:
1998-Present – Kept a person living from infancy through the present time. She knows how to walk, talk, use her manners and is fully toilet trained because of my persistence, hard work and dedication. She has grown into someone others seem to like, which I feel is a strong accomplishment considering all the total buttheads out there.
I expect the phone to start ringing any time now.