Bodily Fluids = Love?

From Scott Peterson a gross, hilarious, moving post about parenting:

And it occurred to me as I was changing a diaper last night that that�s what love is. It�s fluids.

It generally starts with swapping spit, as the younguns used to say. From there it progresses until�well, you know. Modesty and the prospect of an embarrassed and potentially ever-so-slightly angry Top Management precludes me from saying more. But additional bodily fluids are involved. [For normal humans, that is, not the sainted Top Management, who resides on a different plane altogether.]

And roughly nine months later a baby emerges. Accompanied by really remarkable amounts of bodily fluids in quantities no one ever tells you about ahead of time. Horrific quantities. As in, horror film-type quantities.

And then you spend the next two or three years getting far more intimately acquainted with the bodily fluids of this new little person than you ever could have dreamt in your wildest nightmares. Often there are bodily fluids going in to the little body, and there are always bodily fluids coming out, every damn orifice, round the clock. For years. And years. And years.

Squeamish ? You don�t get to be once you�re a parent. And you quickly learn how to just buckle down and get the hideous job done. Because, really, what choice do you have? None. So just do it.

And it doesn�t end once the potty-training kicks in. Because there are still tummy bugs and accidents and teeth knocked out and nosebleeds and stopped up toilets. Fluids, always with the bodily fluids.

And later on, down the road, hopefully far, far, far down the road, when you get towards the other end of the trip, as I understand it, for many folks it all starts again. And if you�re lucky, you�ll have loved ones around to help you out then, maybe the same ones you helped way back at the beginning of their journeys.

5 Responses to Bodily Fluids = Love?

  1. Melanie Bettinelli May 6, 2007 at 9:50 am #

    The book was originally published in the UK where it was on the best seller lists. The American edition has just been released.

  2. Faith May 6, 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    This is perfect!!!  I’ve never heard of this book!

  3. Melanie Bettinelli May 7, 2007 at 8:07 am #

    Matilda,

    The best review yet!

  4. Matilda May 6, 2007 at 10:53 am #

    I have asked my husband to give a review of it so that I can post it on my blog, but so far he hasn’t been able to wrestle it away from our 9 year old son. Does it need any more ringing endorsement?

  5. Ellyn May 7, 2007 at 11:43 am #

    I’m crazy about this book!!!
    (Though I haven’t mentioned it on my own blog since my oldest son, who will receive it for his birthday in two weeks, does peek in on my spot from time to time.  I guess that would be a 21st C. way to ruin a surprise.) 

    I think all the boys in the house – including Dad will have fun with it.  In fact, just as it says on the back cover “for boys from 8 to 80,” I think it would be a cool gift for my father-in-law’s eightieth birthday this winter…

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