A lot of things have me shaking my head lately and wondering what is going on. The latest is a story about a couple who abandoned their twins because the babies are "the wrong sex." http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iOP2Mchgth5aaYav3FDStc0SKI1g
Yep, they had girls. Clearly, this couple has cultural and psychological issues that I will not even attempt to figure out. I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. What makes me crazy is that this is not the first time the "wrong sex" discussion has come up.
I see it in friends who "try for a boy," only to end up with a third girl. I see it in people with two children of one sex who say they would like to have another, but don't want to end up with another of the same sex. I see it in the wife of a friend who said she could never have a daughter in the house because she wouldn't want the competition. (Yeah, she actually said that to the mother of twin girls.)
Clearly, these people didn't work very hard to have children. For those of us who struggled with multi-year science projects, a child -- boy or girl -- is a miracle. Sometimes I think it should be harder to have children. Maybe they would appreciate what a tremendous gift each child is if they had to work harder to conceive him/her.