I saw a movie last night that will be burned into my memory forever. "Children of Men", starring Clive Owen & Julianne Moore, has got to be the most thought-provoking film out there. Its premise? A world set in the near future where all the women are infertile, and the last birth was 18 years ago. Human beings are, literally, becoming extinct.
If you haven't seen it, pl go and see it. It is stark, gritty, and real. You see, I never really liked children - as in, I was never the super-maternal sort that goes goo-goo ga-ga over kids naturally. And some days, being pregnant while taking care of an active toddler, I find myself too tired & frustrated to see kids as anything but some kind of burden that you can't wait to get rid of. But watching this movie made me see them in a whole new light. Indeed, children are a gift from God, and a joy. In a world without children, there would be no hope. Let's not take our kids for granted. Amen.
Pic: Daniel, 2 weeks old, August 2005