Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

And then...

I am very excited about having a baby tomorrow. I mean, I'm not having it, but all the evidence point towards her being my actual daughter. Listen, I'm not very good at many things, and I certainly haven't set the world on fire with staggering success and works of sheer genius. Or even set the world moderately warmed-over.

But I know a lot of stuff. That used to be really useful, before wikipedia and smartphones. These days if you need to know something, you just pull the answer out of your pocket. Used to be you had to ask someone who knows, so being someone who knew a lot of stuff had comparatively higher value than it does today. But - as a parent - where a big portion of your duties beyond caretaker are teaching and mentoring and instilling values - well, knowing a lot of stuff and being able to talk about and explain that stuff should be pretty handy for raising a kid with some curiosity and excitement about knowledge.

And you know, I struggled through a lot of, dare I use the phrase, "emotional intelligence" stuff that left me with a set of values and beliefs that have been examined and adopted, not received. If I can raise a smart, curious kid with a compassionate heart... well, maybe I'll have left the world a little better for my being in it after all.

But mostly, I just want to meet my daughter. She's a proto-person right now, and it'll be a while before we really have conversations and I found out what she's really like. But I don't mind the sneak preview.

I think it's gonna be grand, quite frankly.

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