Dear Mr. Darwin,
I’m no good at math but if humans have been here 100,000 years and have been wrangling offspring all that time, shouldn’t we have more than two arms by now?
Arms. We need more of them. Our jobs as parents demand it.
Every day at 5 o’clock, my two-year-old stands in front of me in the kitchen and wails that she’s hungry. Every day I tell her that she is supposed to be hungry for dinner, that we will be eating in an hour, that I am making dinner, right now, so that she will no longer be hungry and that I need her help, because in order for her not to be hungry I have to make the dinner and I can’t make the dinner and attend to her screaming at the same time. Every day she suggests through sobs, that I should simply hold her with one arm and cook dinner with the other. She weighs thirty-five pounds. I can barely hold her with all the arms I’ve got.
With these two inadequate arms, I managed the feat of breastfeeding while ________. (Go ahead and fill in the blank with anything except driving. ie: pooping, cooking, wiping the bottom of another child, paying bills, doing laundry...)
Just imagine what could be done with the proper number of appendages.Read More