I am about to tell you about an overheard remark, one that has been sitting on my brain for the last couple of months. I keep coming back to it in utter disbelief, like one might look at an oddity in a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum.
One day, the hubster and I were enjoying a lunch on the town, just the two of us. We decided to stop at a sushi restaurant and indulge in some tasty morsels. We ended up seated within earshot of two men, both dressed in business-wear.
I promise that I was not eavesdropping. Our table was very close to theirs and one of the men, in particular, had a very loud and clear speaking voice.
At first, Scott and I tried to talk around him. But eventually, the xenophobic rant he was spewing became far too entertaining to ignore. We are the exact opposite of xenophobic around here, so getting a glimpse into a close-minded mindset is always an education. He tried to rally his colleague around issues such as, "What if I don't want my tax dollars funding a library that I don't use?" His tone was fairly good-natured, but his colleague wasn't really buying it, at least as far as I could tell.
And then he dropped the bomb that inspired this post. "The best thing about having kids is being able to go to kids movies and not feel like a pedophile."
THAT is the best thing about having kids? THAT???!!!???
It's not sweet sticky kisses? Not the joy of watching a baby discover his/her world? Not thee feeling of pride you get when your child accomplishes something he/she has been working toward for months? Not the overwhelming sense of love and peace you feel as a child drops off in your arms?
Nope. According to this fella, it's not feeling like a perv for watching a Pixar movie in the movie theatre. Such an astounding display of maturity, so thoughtful, well-examined, and intuitive. Why do women have children with "men" like this? I have never understood the appeal of an adult with the emotional capability of a goldfish. My five-year-old son could give you better reasons for starting a family.
I realize that not every child is born into a situation where both parents are ready and willing to grow up. And that many immature parents really DO mature quickly once their kids are born. And this isn't a comment on young parents, because Mr. Superdad looked to be at least my age, which isn't really young. I've known plenty of young parents who have done a super job being parents and raising their kids.
But, seriously, would you ever consider the BEST reason to have kids is to feel legitimate while sitting in a movie theatre and watching a kids movie?
I wonder if his kids know that he's just using them for cover...