"You love Ivy, huh?" I said.
"Yeah, she's the cutest little baby," Vi replied.
"When you grow up do you think you'll be a mommy someday and have your own baby?" I asked.
Violet pondered that for a moment. You could see the wheels spinnning.
"I do want to," she said, "But I don't know how to drive."
I chuckled a little, "Don't worry, when you're older I'll teach you how to drive."
"Can you also teach me how to feed a baby with my boobies?" she inquired.
"Sure," I said, "I can help you figure it out."
"Okay," she said, satisfied.
Now that I think about it, as a mother I do spend an inordinate amount of time driving people places and breastfeeding (though never simultaneously).
Definitely two of the more useful skills in my Mom Toolbelt.
That got me wondering about where the boys were sitting on the issue. Mitchell used to want to have a wife and family and I wondered what his plans were now. When we discussed the issue of marriage a few months ago, this is what the boys had to say...
Mitch: I think I'd like a wife
Henry: Not me, they kick you off the computer and make you to do chores.
Mitch: But we need wives, we need someone to take care of the babies.
Mitch: Good point. But we still need wives. Otherwise who is going to guard the house while we're at work?
Henry: Okay fine... (he pauses) ...wait a minute, we can just get a lock! Then nobody can get in!
Mitch: Yeah, a lock!
When I asked Mitch today about possible future fatherhood he said no, babies are too much work. When I asked Henry the same question he had a new sort of answer today.
"No way, having babies is gross!"
"Well, it would be the mama actually having the baby," I offered, "You don't HAVE to watch."
"NO," Henry said, "MAKING the baby is too gross. I'm never doing that."
I forgot that a while back he had gotten a little persistent with the "Where do babies come from? And how did they get in there?" questions. He got more or less the full scoop so he's totally turned off on fatherhood now. Ah well, best that they think sex is "gross" for as loooong as possible. I wonder if Violet's answer will change once she has all the specifics on exactly how babies get in there and how they get out. Hmmmm...
What about your kids? Do they think they want to be parents some day?