Hubby took a few days off. Right now the lab is about to undergo a software update, so he's been told to work on other things (ie churn out his own papers from previous research). In a couple of weeks, they will have all the software stuff done so he'll be busy then. He thinks that in October they plan on making a trip to pick out lunar samples for his research. Before that, he has to decide what kind of criteria for samples they want to have.
We also set up an account here in town, which took a whole hour. Moving is such a pain. You have to uproot your stuff, your finances, everything. And we get to do it again in a couple of years.
There are a lot of head to heads these days. One in particular is gay marriage rights vs religious rights. Of course, religious rights are being trampled upon. The Little Catholic Bubble wrote an excellent article about this whole head to head.
I also wrote an article that is creating a bit of a stir. I knew that it might given the forum it's in. It's about another type of head-to-head: the right of a breastfeeding mother to nurse her child in public and the rights of parents to shield their children from breastfeeding. It saddens me though especially one commenters remark.
By that I mean, so what if parents have to explain breastfeeding to their child? They have to explain everything else. What's the difference between explaining breastfeeding and explaining why women have breasts, or why men grow hair on their faces, or why people have feet?! There's nothing to be embarassed or ashamed about, it's just a fact of life. ...We need more women breastfeeding in public for the exact reason that children will see it and it will become the 'norm'. Parents should be challenged to explain it to their children, so it becomes an everyday thing and not something to feel uncomfortable about.
The part that bothers me is that this is exactly the reason why people are starting to hate people who nurse in public. There is sort of a militant, unyielding nature to it. In this case, it's a person basically saying that a parent doesn't have the right to shield their child from something that is against their values. And to point a fact, "parents should be challenged to explain it." I suppose that I can't agree. Using a child to change a families values is wrong. It's also the reason why families are leaving the public school system and turning to homeschooling. In California, parents no longer have the right to say they disagree with a homosexual lifestyle and therefore do not want it to be taught to their children.
So I suppose you could say that while I promote nursing in public (obviously just look at the blog), I disagree with how it should be promoted. I think having a healthy conversation with the adults is important. I don't think using children is. And that is the difference, which I hope that I clarified in my comment about the piece.
This head to head really isn't about two adults and deciding their values. It's about having the right to decide what values your child should have and what things they are exposed to. I respect all parent's rights, short of child abuse, no matter how far fetched they may seem. I know that a family member doesn't want her child to eat cookie dough or cake batter because of the raw eggs in it. I know people who don't want their child to have pork. I respect these people's decisions. Why is it so complicated to not respect someone who doesn't want to have their child see another person's breasts? While it may seem odd, it's still their belief system.
So I will yield. If another adult with a child asks me not to breastfeed in front of their child, I will respect their wishes but make my beliefs about nursing in public known. We both keep our heads up that way.