Skip to comments.“I Am Not Happy About It:” A family dreading twins reflects the selfishness of our culture
Posted on 05/05/2013 8:29:56 PM PDT by Morgana
A recent post on HuffPo has gone viral, being reposted mostly by people who cant believe what they just read. A man, if you can call him that, writing under the pen name Albert Garland wants you to know: My Wife Is Expecting Twins and I Am Not Happy About It.
This article is an excellent example of what we mean when we say first world problems. Even as it starts, I know I am about to read something steeped in a viewpoint warped and twisted by selfishness. It begins thusly:
Ive been doing some spying lately, casually asking friends and acquaintances about their experiences with having twins.
A buddy from college said of the first year: Think of the worst thing you can imagine. Thats what it was like.
Were two sentences in, and Im already gaping at my monitor. When I think of the worst thing I can imagine, my mind immediately leaps to children with leukemia, extreme poverty, famine, murdered children. That type of thing. What decidedly does not leap to mind is, Parenting two infants.
Im already thinking about my mother. She found herself, a divorced single mother of two with a GED and a job in food service, pregnant with twins at age 27. And then parenting us all alone. But Ill get to that.
Were just getting started with this mind-blowing article.
A former colleague was more blunt: Twins were always my worst nightmare.
And now its my and my wifes nightmare; were expecting twins this August.
Horror of horrors.
Not only did these disgusting people get pregnant on purpose, they did IVF on purpose. Thats right: they paid a doctor $10,000 to put those two embryos in this awful mans wife.
In the parsimonious manner of postmodern family planners, they decided to have one more child for their toddler son. A girl, of course, since they had a boy already. (What made them think they could select the gender? An inflated sense of the power of their own wishes, perhaps?) The old-fashioned way didnt work (theyre in their late 30s), and IUI (intra-uterine insemination) didnt work. So the next step was the $10,000-a-pop crap-shoot of IVF, in-vitro fertilization.
It worked. But, dadgum it, wouldnt you just know it, she came up pregnant with twins. Twin boys. Can you even imagine such suffering?
Here is the part of the article that makes you realize that if youre reading the thoughts of a normal man, we need to seriously reevaluate our definition of normal.
As horrible as this might sound, we found ourselves wishing these twins away.
We considered a reduction for about 30 seconds. (Thats essentially an abortion of one twin, not both.) If you thought that IVF involved playing God, a reduction felt beyond brazen Machiavellian, even. Give us a reason, we thought, as we had the twins tested for genetic anomalies. None came.
I have no comment. Theres nothing I can say.
The loving father goes on to talk about how horrible his son made his life.
When our first son was born, I was naïve. I remember thinking it was going to be nice to be home for a while and have some time off. I couldnt have been more wrong. Those first six weeks were brutal. Then the colic arrived. Two months later, we were shattered, frazzled, damaged. Three years later, we still struggle mightily with a boy whos fiercely strong-willed and seems to inherently know that crying pushes our buttons.
Does anybody else want to put this guy through, I dont know, Army Basic Training or something? Yes, I have no doubt parenting a baby with colic is hard. But damaged? Seriously? And three years later you struggle with your three-year-old son? Maybe its because youre terrible parents. Just a thought.
So tell me how this isnt going to suck. (Did I mention we live in a one-bedroom apartment?) Sure, in 10 years I could have close to a starting five of super-athletic, NBA-hopeful alpha males living under my roof smelling up the joint. But right now its hard for us to see twins as good news.
First: maybe you should live somewhere where you can afford more than one bedroom. Second: way to embrace the eugenics mentality of only valuing the lives of your children if and when theyre useful to you. If none of them become NBA-hopefuls, will you still love them?
In fact, he doesnt mention once in this article that he loves any of his children.
This is how it ends:
With four months left to go, Im not sure what stage were in at the moment but its not acceptance. My wife and I even both privately admitted that we dont like the new children, which is of course insane
They say the most important thing is the kids health but what about ours?
What about yours? Who cares? With all the time and energy you spend thinking about yourself, you dont need any help from the rest of us.
I have a dual viewpoint of this article. Im not only, as they say, struggling with infertility, but I was nearly nine years old when my mother became unexpectedly pregnant with twins. Her boyfriend, their biological father, found out she was pregnant and took off, forever.
I remember a magnet on our refrigerator when I was growing up. It said: A baby is Gods opinion that the world should go on. It stayed there for years. Later, Mom told me she put it there for a reason, to remind herself when it was hard.
And of course it was hard. They didnt sleep. Ever. For the first ten months, my mother slept in two-hour spurts. Now in her early 50s, she goes to bed at nine oclock every night, and jokes that shes still catching up.
She struggled. We all did. But my mother, who most certainly did not pay $10,000 for those twins, who was shocked and scared by her unplanned pregnancy, nevertheless handled single motherhood of two children plus twins with grace, fortitude, and love some words Albert Garland might consider looking up.
Around the world, people much poorer than the Garlands view large families in the Biblical way: as a blessing. Right now, somewhere, in a country where a one-bedroom American apartment would look like a palace, a man is wearing rags and watching with pride as his babies play on the floor of a shack.
Albert Garland is a wake up call. His revolting words hold up a mirror to a culture that has become selfish, soft, and sad. We have forgotten what real suffering is, because we tend to not experience it. We have become so privileged we can no longer tell the difference between joy and pain.
Ill be praying for all the Garlands especially their children.
Oh, my....I must live in a different world....within one block of where we live there are 3 (three) sets of twins born in the past 18 months....blessings all.
I have so many negative thoughts about this “man” and culture that promotes this type of thinking that I can’t even focus them all into one coherent statement.
What the heck?
Two of my sisters are twins and I’m glad they both are around.
I have twin brothers, now 73 years old.
It was not so fun for my parents, as both boys were serious asthmatics prior to their teen years.
It was also not so fun in my early youth with my being seven years younger, and the baby of the family.
Twins run in my family. My grandmother always said it was genetic and ran in certain family lines. I always thought it was a cool thing to give birth to twins. I don’t get this mentality at all.
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Was it no fun because they were twins or because they were asthmatics? I admit asthma is no fun at all. Either way I am sure abortion never entered your folk’s mind.
A family in my church has 2 sets of twins, 5 kids total, all 6 and under. I’m pretty sure she was feeling overwhelmed with the 2nd set, but they are loved and welcomed and fawned over at church. When the father gave a testimony and mentioned learning he was going to have another set of twins, he was surprised, yes, but thankful that what they thought were problems in the pregnancy turned out to be twins.
I guess some men are men and some aren’t.
Fraternal twins run in families, identical twins don't.
My cousin had twins, a boy and a girl, but they were IVF.
Not so great for the parent’s pocketbook, but the cool thing about twins is - no hand me downs. Having an older sister, I knew what I would be wearing in two years.
They had to know IVF could produce multiple babies.
Men today are rarely MEN. I blame liberal feminists.
In those days I doubt that they even knew what abortion was, and I doubt that doctors had any way of knowing if a fetus could become asthmatic.
Of course, abortion would never have been a consideration.
I am sure that having two very young asthmatics in the late 30s through the 40s was not fun, but I do not remember any traumatic episodes. I assume that their asthma was manageable.
I remember only the old style orange plastic inhalers.
When I had a daughter in the early 80s, she also became asthmatic, but has pretty much grown out of it.
This man is hateful. I have a twin brother. My father did mention his grandmother was a twin. :)
Let’s face it - America is now a wicked nation.
Sure, there is a remnant of righteousness - but the dominant mainstream culture is wicked.
Leftist Selfishism is a mental disease. They have been fed the lie of the left for so long they are about ready to hack and slash everything to get the promised land.
Of course it doesn’t and cannot exist
I think twins a great. If you have twins you get your kids twice as fast. So if you want six kids you can crank them out in three years. I knew some twins when I was in high school. I took both them to a Valentines banquet at my church. There last name was Show. I thought it was cool to say that dated twin show girls.
Those babies are going to need prayer.
I know a couple who is struggling with infertility and had an adoption setup for twins that fell through in January. They are a Christian couple and would give anything to have a child.
I bet they would take those babies in a heartbeat.