The Ghost Babies
I keep acting as if the kids are here, keeping the TV low and shutting the bedroom door. It's bizarre to step out to walk the dog or grab a bagel and forget that I don't have anywhere to be. Anyone home waiting for me. Anyone to even check in with.
I'm almost paralyzed by the options and how much I'm hoping to accomplish before they're back home nine (9) days from today. I'm not off to a very good start.
I spent pretty much the entirety of last night researching whether Sarah Palin faked her pregnancy to cover for her teenage daughter who was actually the pregnant one. (Thanks Deb for the twittered link to Kos.) I am generally reluctant to jump on to wacky conspiracy theories. But this one gives me pause.
Also it's just so perfect for Labor Day. Heh.
It would explain why a vehemently pro-life woman would risk the life of a special needs baby when she noticed that her amniotic fluid was leaking, by finishing a speech in Houston, then rushing not to a Dallas hospital--but to the airport so she could catch a commercial flight from Texas to Seattle, then a connecting flight to Alaska. And once she landed, instead of heading right to the major Anchorage hospital she drove 45 minutes to her hometown hospital. Oh and she never informed the flight crew that she was in labor, and no one saw any evidence of it.
Oh, and was back at work three days later.
Oh, and her daughter conveniently had "mono" for 5-8 months and was pulled out of school this entire time. But Palin never worried about having a high risk pregnancy around her highly contageous teenage daughter.
I don't care whether you vote blue or red or flaming neon orange--as moms, does this story make one lick of sense to you at all?
I smell a ghost pregnancy.
Edited to add:
Evidently this post is rubbing some people the wrong way. What can I say, I'm a maverick! A rebel!
The question has been posed whether I might first broach the Sarah Palin subject with a line about how her nomination is a good development for women and good for working moms.
Let me answer: No, I don't think this is a good development for women.
Madeline Albright was a good development for women. Hilary Clinton was (and is) a good development for women. Margaret Thatcher was a good development for women. Even Condi Rice was a good development for women. Those are women who worked their way up with impressive knowledge and credentials equal or surpassing any of their male counterparts; not appointed for reasons that are still beyond me. (Or, more likely, because McCain couldn't do Lieberman and he nixed Romney and Ridge and so went with the person he's met once who looked good on paper.)
I fear that having an unqualified woman like Palin--she's on record saying she knows nothing about Iraq or the role of the Vice President--in the national spotlight is sealing up some of the cracks in that ceiling and it just kills me. Just freaking kills me.
Am I excited about the theoretical prospect of a working mom in the white house with a SAHD taking care of the kids? You betcha. But I am not excited to see a deer in the headlights debating one of our country's foremost foreign policy experts in a few weeks. How does that benefit anyone?
The pregnancy BS - that's a distraction but it captured my imagination this week and so I wrote about it. I still say it stinks. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to say it. You can count on it. Consider it...a campaign promise?