First of all, I have to say I'm really excited because my little brother just told me his wife is preggers. This is great news for my mom since my heathen older brother and I will not be producing any offspring. I really wanna be an aunt, too. Ya know, I get to have fun with it then send it back. :)

It's an interesting situation though, so I thought I'd share. First, my lil bro eloped last December 12th, about a month and a half before his 20th birthday. Yes. He was still 19. I tried my best to discourage this as I thought it was extremely unwise for many reasons, some of those reasons include his lack of education, his need to GROW UP and the fact that, well... yeah... 20 is too young. I'm a completely different person than I was at 20. Completely. But, my mom was hurrying them because they were copulating, and this is obviously wrong in the sight of God. And they felt convicted by God, and rather guilty. It's sad, really.

So, they had a wedding for the family in March. I'm as happy as I can be for them; I do like the girl. It's not my life, after all, so I'll just watch from the sidelines and laugh as it all predictably unfolds. My mom stated with confidence that they will wait until they've been married for at least a couple years before they have children. I scoffed at her and expressed how I couldn't wait to be an aunt.

Well, my brother spread the word about 30 minutes ago. My mom doesn't know yet because she's asleep and my dad doesn't wanna wake her yet. He seems distressed about it even though he hasn't said much else than "We'll talk about it tomorrow." My mom will be frustrated at first, but then she'll get giddy about being a grandmother finally... as she should be. The thing is, my brother doesn't have a stable job or any real credentials. They live in a tiny apartment and have been struggling as of late. I'm pretty sure this will be another strain on my parent's wallets, but... what can you expect when you push children into marriage? Oh, now it's okay to have unprotected sex; it's okay to get pregnant because, YAY, we're married! But marriage doesn't suddenly make you ready to raise a child. It only makes you drop your guard and end up having to anyway.

This is incredibly funny to me. I mean, I'll have to help out. I want to help out. But isn't this really similar to what happens to unwed kids when they get pregnant and aren't ready? There's NO difference. My older brother and I, the black sheep, have managed to make it to 26 and 29 without any "accidents". At this point, if we did, all would be well. It's so ironic... and maddening.

Anyway... so... I mostly wrote all that as a prelude to a brief text message exchange I had with a friend of mine. I've known this girl since I was 11. She's hard-core, crazy Christian. But I wanted to share the news since she's a new aunt, too. She knew my little brother when he was a little kid. He was a little terror, too. I mean, he was unbelievably difficult. But I won't go too into that. I've just been so excited at the prospect of him having his own clone as a child (and he will). So, I said to her: "I wanna know what it is already!! It's gonna be Colin's clone if it's a boy! lol"

Do you know what she said to me? "NO! Rebuke that!!! :) This baby is going to be what God is sending to bring your family together!! And every baby after this one!! :)"

Wow. I didn't know you could rebuke genetics. How rude! haha I mean, that's rude, right? You rebuke demons, in case everyone doesn't know. "In the name of Jesus, I rebuke you, Satan!!" It's not something you say in reference to someone's child being like their parent.

Oh, and the drama begins! My friend is being as naive as my parents. I'm sure this kid is going to be wonderful, but... we're not ready for it. Babies don't fix problems, and neither does Jesus. Oh well! This'll be fun to blog about.

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Comment by Reggie on October 10, 2009 at 2:36am
This is great news for my mom since my heathen older brother and I will not be producing any offspring

I bet you $10 US that you have at least one kid. What do you say, Aunt? Care to wager?
Comment by Reggie on October 10, 2009 at 2:36am
Oh! And congrats!
Comment by Rox on October 10, 2009 at 12:04pm
Congratulations! I've got great-nieces and nephews now. I'm the "Wicked Auntie," which means they talk to me about things they can't discuss with their parents, which is fine by me :) Someone's got to school them in reality!
Comment by Gaytor on October 10, 2009 at 6:09pm
I think of all of the ex-wives i'd have if I believed that I'd have to get married to get a lil. And what a group too!
I think that your friend might be saying that a little Colin isn't what will bring your family together. Maybe I don't know her inflections, but that's what my brain says in the context.
Congrats on the new lil heathen!
Comment by Stefftastic on October 10, 2009 at 6:28pm
"Babies don't solve problems, and neither does Jesus."
True words.

I don't know why you're surprised that the religious people in your life are totally oblivious though haha kinda goes without saying right?
Comment by Nix Manes on October 11, 2009 at 7:40am
When the baby's born, would it be too provocative to give as a present a T-shirt that says "Made by mommy and daddy?"

Contrats, btw!
Comment by CJoe on October 11, 2009 at 2:49pm
Well Steff, I am a fairly recent [de]convert, so a lot of my experiences with religion and the religious are from a completely new perspective. It's actually quite strange to go from being a devout Xtian to atheist in a short amount of time. I've been seeing the world in black and white for so long, struggling to get my fellow believers to see there's gray area; now, the world is in full-color, and HD no less. Bad analogy? What's most shocking and frustrating is their reaction to ME. My mom tried to say I was treating her differently than I ever have (because I'm atheist), and I was pretty shocked. For one, it's not true. Also, I've never been aware at to what lengths my mom rationalizes her views. Coming to grips with this change in my relationship with her, and seeing how dishonest she actually is, is very upsetting. The way she twists the definitions of words; the way she thinks group-think is a testament to the truth, is amazing. For instance, she's never heard of the Egyptian god, Horus. Because she's never heard of him, and because she thinks that if you asked anyone else, they wouldn't have either, she thinks he's been made up by conspirators trying to undermine the Bible. I'm like, mother! Ya know when ya watch Jay Leno, and he does street interviews and asks random people if they've heard of the Vice Pres? And they're like, George Clooney? Yeah. I don't put my trust in the intelligence of Americans... and then she says I hate America. *sigh*

No, I didn't have these sorts of ridiculous conversations while I was a "believer". I wasn't nearly as irrational as she is, either. Hence my, now, lack of belief. Ohhh well.


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