So, you want to be a parent.
Let’s look at some of your options. Having a baby is a nine month commitment. Not only is that a big understatement to anyone that has ever been pregnant, but that’s just for starters. Then you’re looking to changing diapers, the terrible two’s, not to mention the teenage years. Have you considered how expensive kids are? Not to suggest that’s all bad, and not filled with joy, love and delight. But, you need to know what you‘re in for.
Maybe you’re thinking about getting a dog? Until your little pooch is house-trained, you’re going to be looking at poop and pee all over your floors and carpets. Not to mention many years of following them around with plastic bags picking up poop. Or the eaten slippers, shoes and the like. How do I know? I have a wonderful Golden Retriever/ Labrador mix that is a HUGE part of our family. We love him dearly. But, again, you need to know what you’re in for.
How about a cat? How many times have you scooped cat poop out of kitty litter box? Or had your peaceful sleep interrupted by a cat that has no regard for your rest? Have you tried to have your cat obey commands? Good luck. You may have noticed scratch marks all over your furniture. Better luck if you or any of your family members are allergic cats.
To be sure, kids are great. Dogs are fantastic - they’re loyal, affectionate, social and can provide emotional support. Cats can amaze you with their affection, independence and playfulness.
But, you should know what you’re up against.
If you want to be a parent, with less commitment, time and expense - you may want to consider being a plant parent. I can tell you first-hand that being a plant parent fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment in your caring for them. Being a plant parent is extremely rewarding.
Being a plant parent requires a whole lot less “down-sides” than some of the other alternatives. This is the so-called, voice of experience. In coming posts we’re going to talk all about the benefits of being a plant parent. We’re going to look at what it’s like to STAND WITH NATURE at home. So, stay tuned.