Consumerism and Parenthood

I’m rereading, for a millionth time, Bauman’s Liquid Love, and I wanted to share a great quote on parenthood in consumerist society:

This is exactly what we discussed a week ago, and nobody could sum it up better than Bauman.

A Lost Opportunity

I also think that Democrats could achieve a lot with Trump in office if they bothered to try.

Trump likes to be liked. He craves approval. Plus, he’s surprisingly flexible given his age and way of life. He easily jettisons decades of Republican orthodoxy because it’s meaningless to him. Which is a great thing because the orthodoxy he rejects is truly unusable today. It shouldn’t be too hard to play on his desire to make a mark as a great uniter of across-the-aisle interests.

There are things we want that he wants. It wouldn’t be very hard to get him to cooperate. And we’ve seen how warmly the general public greeted Trump’s State of the Union when he was nicer than ever to the Democrats. I don’t think that the general public loves the divisiveness and the constant outrage. A small minority does but I don’t see it outside of the true fanatics.

I had a boss who was a mini-Trump. Those of us who battled and challenged him head-on got destroyed. But those who played into his desire for self-aggrandizement got everything we needed and more out of him.

Sober or Clownish?

Do you think Democrats would be in a stronger position today if after Trump’s election they had chosen the path of being the adults in the room, the sober, reasonable party out to do real work and offer practical solutions to real problems?

Or do you think that trying to outclown Trump is a better path?

Princesses for Boys

For the International Women’s Day, I got a bunch of tulips, dark chocolate covered banana and pineapple slices, and a bottle of port.

Klara got a bunch of superhero stickers.

“What are these, mommy?” she asked.

So I had to explain that these are like princesses but for boys. Then I had to explain why boys don’t get anything sparkly or in “happy colors.”

She is the kind of girl who doesn’t leave the house without donning a sparkly princess dress with a puffy skirt and color-coordinated socks, hair ties, and shoes. I once offered her a pair of jeans, and she reacted as if I were making a bad joke. Given that this is how I react to jeans, too, I’m not deeply shocked.