Ever since Blue Ivey came out of Beyonce’s birth canal having babies has become very trendy. And now with the new royal baby it’s a bona fide sensation. I’m all for it. I’ve often said that being a parent is the most wonderful thing anyone could ever wish for, and I’ve told my kids that out of all the people who have ever lived in all the world, we are together at this one moment in time and that is extraordinary. I hope all parents will ponder that.
Ask anyone with children what’s the most important thing in their life and they’ll all say it’s their kids, but not all of them treat their kids that way. For example I was at a theme park in Orlando over the summer and I overheard a number parents yelling at their children. “Quit acting crazy you’re driving me up a wall”, “If you don’t stop bugging me we’ll leave right now” and “I’m getting sick and tired of you”. It takes all the fun out of what’s supposed to be a good time. And who’s the expert that told parents to say “bye-bye we’re leaving you behind” when kids linger too long in the toy aisle at the store. I guess that’ll teach them a lesson won’t it? To a kid that lesson is that your parents will abandon you. Once when I was five I threatened to run away from home and my Mom said “okay” and held the front door open for me to leave. It was like she didn’t care and I had no choice but to go. I came back a half hour later with a load in my pants.
Some parents do have their priorities in order though. Mainly a pro golfer named Hunter Mahan who withdrew from the Canadian Open with a first place lead in the final round because his wife went into labor. However as someone said on the Paul and Young Ron show (humorously) “he wouldn’t have had to pull out of the tournament if he had pulled out nine months earlier”.