Apparently, "barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen" may be a good bulwark against suicide for a woman, according to this study reported on by Fox News. Now if two children reduces suicide risk by 40%, and three by about 60%, one would figure that a mother of five would be practically immune. That would be good news for me, and for "Pentadad." (not to mention our wives!)
I also got to thinking about the old wisdom given to women in "less than happy" marriages: more or less to have a baby to bring a couple together. My wife and I were actually counseled to reject this in our marriage counseling.
However, consider what it meant for a theoretically fertile couple prior to the mass availability of affordable, effective, contraception; it meant that, most likely, the couple was not "one flesh" routinely. In other words, when a women decided to open herself up to children, that....meant most likely that she was finally taking 1 Corinthians 7 seriously and giving her husband something he most earnestly desired.
Hence, I would guess this also meant that a lot of marriages were saved by the advice "have a baby." Who knew? It's like God was serious when he told our forefathers to "be fruitful and multiply."
Christmas Miscellany - We’re still hovering around Zero degrees in Minnesota. I heard a funny on NPR today… a weather person said, “It’s chilly today, but then we expected that.”...
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