Every once in a while I get one of those icy blasts of mortality that raise the hair on my neck and make me realize how old I'm getting. I had one of those the other day when my daughter-in-law told me she'd just bought a book to help get my granddaughter Marcy ready to have The Talk.
Ohmygawd, I thought, I'm not old enough to have a granddaughter who's old enough to be ready for The Talk!
I mean, she's only eight years old, for Pete's sake!
But then I thought about the vice presidential candidate whose daughter is seventeen years old and pregnant and I thought, well, maybe nobody had The Talk with young Bristol Palin when she was eight years old. Might things have turned out differently? Or did she get The Talk, and then have the misfortune to meet a Faster Talker? Or did she get the Republican Version of The Talk (otherwise known as "Just Say No to Hormones")?
Yesterday Jessica Hagy posted this apropos diagram at her wonderful blog Indexed:
As you might suspect, it generated quite a few comments (including my (unedited) favorite: "when you knock up the daughter of a pro-life, nra, republican vice-presidential candidate... feel any pressure to marry the girl?").
Now, you can argue whether it's better to have a comprehensive discussion of sexual matters with your child, or just give him (her) the Thundering Biblical Injunction About the Evils of Sex. For the record, my parents never had The Talk with me...they gave me a book filled with annotated diagrams of the appropriate body regions, line drawings of smiling boys with wispy beards and girls with hairy underarms, and clinically exact explanations of things I'd begun figuring out on my own...and sort of let me fill in the empty spaces. In the end, it all worked out somehow.
So I'll let the die-hard family values conservatives figure out how they'll put the lipstick on this particular news pig (they're doing a marvelous job, if this morning's news is any indication), and will write not a single word more on the subject. It's none of my business, after all.
And Marcy can get The Talk from parents who love her as much as I do.
But I still feel old.
Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.