August 29, 2008

Desperately Seeking A Sense of Humour

Oh ferchristsakes...a woman wrote a 'nanny wanted' ad on Craigslist. It was funny. Read it here.

Now, the NYT picked up the story, which I'm sure was her point all along (she wants to be a writer), and everyone is going crazy slamming her for being a terrible parent. Why? Because she's wealthy, lives in New York, has four kids, and wants some help with them. So?

Read the comments with the NYT piece - this country seriously needs a humour enema. Who the hell could raise 4 kids all day and not go nuts? Who wouldn't get a little help if they could afford it? My favourite line about this goes back years and years, to a self-righteous, self-centred myopic woman I once knew who used to respond to every mother's quest for help with the line "why have them if you don't want to raise them?". Yup. Far better you turn into an Andrea Yates, the mom-turned-stressed-out-crazylady who drowned her 6 kids after her wonderful husband walked out the door each morning, calling "I wanted 'em, you raise 'em" as he left. Sure she was nuts, but would it really have been so bad if she'd been able to ask for a little help?

The thing is, the ad is funny. It's satirical. I don't know the woman, maybe she's a totally self-serving bitch who really does just want a book deal. But I still think I'd rather have a coffee with her than any of the posters who are so sure they're doing a stellar job with their own kids.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: Constipation American syle...I find it quite funny her ad. If she is serious, good, and if she is not, good. It is a laugh. If it offends anyone, get after the editor.


August 29, 2008 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, you'd rather have coffee with someone who finds her kids are a PIA than with sonmeone who adores them too much? I think you've started a new trend there. "KaffeeKvetch anyone?"

August 29, 2008 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sign me up for the coffee!!
I love my kids to death but will be the first to admit to them being totally PIA!!


August 30, 2008 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm thinking the original KaffeeKlatches were about half and half griping and celebrating. Too bad some people have more griping to do though.

August 30, 2008 12:36 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

Did someone say coffee?
I'm in for coffee!


August 30, 2008 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coffee?? Large, double, double please...


August 31, 2008 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: Even better. How about ice tea and vodka?


August 31, 2008 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or just the vodka? forget the iced tea

September 01, 2008 8:23 AM  

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