Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Darwiniana, 18 Year Edition

As Darwin noted, yesterday was our 18th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the big girls broke out my wedding dress for the first time in 18 years. (It wasn't packed away anywhere archival; in fact, it was still crammed into the David's Bridal bag it came in. Maybe when we hit a round 20 years I'll have it cleaned and put in a box.)

I'll do about anything for theater, so in October I dyed my hair auburn in order to play a character 20 years younger. That's growing out now, and I'm going back to my natural state of near-whiteness. "Dad looks ten years younger than he is, and Mom looks ten years older," my 15yo pronounced with the callow honesty of one who hasn't borne seven children in 15 years. Thanks, hon.


Ladyhobbit said...

Mrs. Darwin, you look lovely! Congratulations to you both!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I love photo #7. It's such a good shot of the two of you.

Zina said...

Congratulations and many happy years more

Banshee said...

There's a Youtube lawyer talk show, Rekieta Law, whose host has a large-ish family. The outro for the show is a Celtic song written by one of the show's fans, basically describing the show's fun features, and mostly roasting Mr. Rekieta.

But one of the verses abandons the kidding, and describes his extremely understanding wife (the affectionately nicknamed Lady Rackets) as having "the grace of one who has borne many children." (She occasionally appears on the show, which is regarded as a highlight by the fans.)

Most of the song is a half-joke, but they aren't wrong about that point! You have that character and grace.

Bruce said...

You both look pretty young for having 7 kids. My wife and I have had 8 children and are a little bit older (44). My wife looks young and I’m not just being nice. There is an (unproven) hypothesis that continually having babies keeps women looking young (Michelle Duggar). I only have anecdotal evidence but I have noticed that this seems to be true. I know it is obviously hard on the body in some ways.