Some consider it immoral. I have no opinion. Perhaps that is why I find the issue so hard to talk about. What issue is that? Overpopulation.
I never truly considered that the people I encounter with their sideways glances and short comments considered large families wrong justfor being large until one day while I was at a favorite park (in the heart of downtown Corvallis). In a typical conversation-starting way, a man asked: "...those all your kids?" "Yep..every one."
"I have something you might be interested in." he said, as he began scribbling on a piece of paper.
At first glance, I had an idea what it was. Not long ago my mom had given me this link.
I questioned him weather this was the article about overpopulation. He was embarrassed. Of course he was probably hoping I would discover this in the quiet of my home when he was long gone. Nonetheless, to him it was a moral issue and worthy to bring to my attention. I don't fault him. I just wonder...what does he want me to do about it now?
I will say this again: I have no opinion either way. Obviously, I am not concerned as some people seem to be; neither do I think all families should be large. We love our family and have simply not been convicted (through conviction or scientific evidence) that we are to limit our family size because of this.
I am sure there will be more posts on this subject as things and thoughts come up. May this just be an introduction to the issue. Your thoughts are welcome...so long as they are kind.
I do have some advice for those who are passionate about this: rather than pushing for family limits or criticizing those with large families (who obviously do not see a problem) why not try this. (I know people who have done this and COMPLETELY respect them. These are the people who would truly convince me of something.) Have no children biologically. Adopt. Convince others with similar concerns to do the same. In this way, I will respect you. Please respect me as well.
My children are beautiful. Uniquely beautiful and uniquely loved.