Thursday, 19 March 2009

Two sides of parenting

"Earlier this week, OPP charged seven other drivers with stunt driving, or street racing. The suspects were driving at speeds ranging from 155 km/h to 183 km/h. One of the drivers had no license and had two children in the car who were not wearing seatbelts."
I felt absolutely ill when I read this in a Toronto Star article. I think it idiotic that people still choose to put themselves at risk in their cars. But speeding with two kids not wearing seatbelts?

I am close to several people who, unable to have biological children, have chosen adoption. I have seen them go through endless evaluations, raise large sums of money, and wait indefinitely to be chosen as parents. And then I see parents who seem to have no regard for the safety and well-being of their own kids. How is it possible that two loving, devoted people who are desperate to care for a child are deprived, while these others "end up" with unwanted children from a string of selfish sexual escapades?

I know society tries to take responsibility for children who are the innocents in terrible situations, but what does it say about humanity that there is anyone who can't rise above a desire to please only themselves, when they have been entrusted with the care of a child?

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