Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Surf: Death and taxes

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaWelcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

I am sorely tempted to skip Sunday Surf this week because I'm up to my ears in businesses' excise taxes (due January 31). However, there's a linky! And I have links (a couple)! And who cares if it's 4:30 in the morning and I have repetitive stress injuries in my wrists from too many tax-related computer tasks!

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Enjoy some reading!

  • Mama Birth: A Home Birthing OB Speaks Out- 

    Love this article by a home-birthing obstetrician covering her own fears of homebirth and her reasons for choosing one, and the pros and cons of homebirth vs. hospital from an OB’s perspective.
  • This is Worthwhile: Afterlife and a 4 yo: Sparkles and stars (and robots) 

    On explaining death to the young.
    I’m reprinting my comment on the post, because it’s what I want to say anyway:
    I really appreciate your thoughts here. We had a similar discussion the other night (what is it with four-year-olds?), because Mikko’d heard about mummies and was worried about them. I said, “It’s all right; they’re just dead bodies wrapped in cloth. They can’t hurt you. They’re dead.” Which, duh, led into, “What’s dead?”
    Now, we’d talked death before, because our cat died last year. But this was not concrete enough for him, because he keeps asking when she’ll be able to come back from the vet, what medicine we can give her to make her better, whether more sleep will help (hint: the euphemism “put to sleep” doesn’t mean much to a four-year-old).
    This time, as I fumbled once more through the explanations, we both ended up in tears, and I didn’t know what to tell him. I fell back on the concept of heaven, even though I have no idea (anymore) what waits beyond. I hoped it would be comforting. It was not. “Can we go there and see God and then come back here?” Well…no. It’s hard for me to understand, and harder still to deal with. I’m not surprised it made my four-year-old have nightmares all that night. :(

    To cheer things up after that sad story, I will say that our exchange started with a hilarious "Who's on First?" sort of comedy routine, where he kept saying, "Mommy," and I said, "Yes?" "No, mommy!" "Yes?" before we finally understood each other. "Oh! Mummy."

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liz said...

Thanks for the link to the OB's thoughts on homebirth. OBs are often regarded with a lot of suspicion by natural birthing circles (and often for good reason), so its refreshing to hear this one's perspective! I am so glad that she is providing an alternative perspective to her colleagues.

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