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.