When the telltale signs of immanent regurgitation briefly interrupted our bedtime bedside chat, my nine-year-old son and I resumed with a new topic.
"Hairballs," he reflected, "that's not one of His finer creations."
"No," I replied, "and I wasn't too appreciative of the cat's gift."
"Or God's!" he said giggling.
Catching his giggle, I opine in my best God voice, "'Oh, my child, this steamy hairball is for your greater good! That you may grow in holiness!'"
Mimicking me, mimicking God, he deadpans, "'And besides, it's Lent.'"
Catholic humor. You just have to love it.
Speaking of Kids
America has stopped having them. We slipped below the replacement rate and are holding at about 1.9 children per woman. There's not a peep about this out there? Really? I guess we can all go quietly off into a demographic winter.
Here's an article on it for further study...What to expect when nobody's expecting
A link to the documentary released in 2009 entitled Demographic Bomb.
Speaking of low birthrates
There are forced sterilizations all over the world. The most widely known program, which is still little known, was during the 1990s when the World Health Organization swept through Peru taking women's fertility by stealth or bribery, often without the woman's consent or full understanding. The public outcry over the lack of follow up care made a stir on the fringes of American media. The practice is continuing. I know of a woman in Zimbabwe who had a tubal ligation performed on her without her or her husband's knowledge or consent while undergoing an unrelated procedure. The evidence of it was discovered as they investigated the cause of repeated miscarriages. Women's rights, indeed.
What, me marry?
According to the stats in this article about this article, young men are giving up on the idea of marriage. Predictably, not only are women angry about that, feminists are angry about women reporting about women being angry about that.
It's snowing. It's freezing. It's Spring.
It's getting cheesy!
I made my first mozzarella of the season this week. For the first time in several years we have reliable air conditioning so I shall dabble once more in aged cheeses as the season progresses. Whoot!
My Momma's Cereal
5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup oil
1 cup honey
Add nuts and various dried fruits as desired, 1 cup each
Heat oil and honey in a good sized pot until warm. Add oats and extras. Stir until well mixed.
Place mixture in a greased 13x9x2" pan and bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Pour onto waxed paper and spread to cool. Break up and store in tightly lidded container.
Serve as a cereal or a yogurt or ice cream topping.