Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yesterday afternoon I was standing outside enjoying the spring weather, and it began sprinkling raindrops. Not an unusual occurrence for this time of year, but strange in that there was an absolutely sunny sky overhead. Not a cloud to be seen anywhere when tilting my head back and scouring the heavens above.
Tuesday's weather was absurd, to say the least. I personally witnessed skiffs of snow and rain, coupled with menacing clouds and plenty of warm sunshine. There were even reports of larger-than-life snowflakes and hail from a few trusty souls I know, although I never personally saw that.
But to get rained on when nary a cloud was overhead, that was a bit mind-boggling. There's no explaining some things.
Which segues me into the point I'm making...there's no explaining some of the things we encounter in our lives.
Take for instance all the births that routinely take place in our community. A study of the local birth records clearly reveals that a majority of the babies born here do not have parents who share the same last name. Years ago it was common to refer to these infants with a connotation that today is considered a four-letter word. A harsh term, society transitioned the reference to illegitimate. Nowadays, we simply point to the children as either coming from two homes or they're referenced as being the child of a single-parent home.
I'm looking for an explanation. Why did we transition from shunning this type of lifestyle into fully embracing it? When did it become alright and acceptable to have kids out of wedlock? No one is surprised any longer when a child is born and his or her parents do not share the same last name. In fact, it happens more often than not here in our community.
It used to be everybody understood that mistakes happen. But they were infrequent occurrences and for the most part hushed up. Now, such births are cause for celebration...no shame, no guilt. It's become the norm, not the exception to have a child out of wedlock.
Like the rain that fell on me from a sunny sky yesterday, there's no explaining it.