Who says what?

Novelist, mother, minister, and yoga teacher muses on books, babies, motherhood, and what matters with reverent humor.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe

Ever just long for the old days of child rearing?

Whip them and put them to bed?

Modern parenting is soooo involved. You've got to get attached and then get them unattached and keep them happy and make sure they become responsible, green, compassionate, world-enhancing little creatures.

And to think there was a time when pregnant women smoked and drank whiskey without a thought!

Or course, the world is being run by those children now....

I know an old woman who had five children. (But didn't live in a shoe.) I asked her how she did it. "In those days? In those days we didn't have all this stuff you do. If they cried, I'd say, 'I'll give you something to cry about.'"

Oh, for simpler times.


  1. So true, so true.

    Now we have to wait until they're asleep in their eco-friendly pajamas with their compact fluorescent nightlights to have our whiskey and smokes. ;)

  2. Boy, just the thought of that makes me tired. That's how tired I am. Fun sounds completely exhausting!