So it has recently come to my attention that my daughters' school has a problem with them.
What is it? Are they bullying smaller kids? Throwing temper tantrums in class? Sneaking Diet Coke into breakfast?
Well, no. It's much, much worse than that.
You see, Bobbie is taking care of Linda. Every morning they walk into the school building hand-in-hand. They eat breakfast together. Then Bobbie walks Linda to her classroom before going to her own. (She is not, for the record, late to her class because she does this. When the initial complaint happened, I assumed that was the issue, but it is not.)
And in their world, this is a bad, bad thing.
I'm not sure what world these people live in, but I want no part of it. I am all-too-aware that we live in a society where it's acceptable to feed your baby something like this so that you don't have to, you know, be a parent when it's inconvenient (and to think I was shocked years ago when I read formula's indigestibility as a reason to use it). I'm aware that siblings don't always get along. I'm aware that philosophical egoism is seen as a valid choice by a lot of people I agree with politically.
And I want no part of it. This is one of the areas where I am incredibly glad for the internet, for the blogs I read and the mamas I keep in touch with via message boards. If I was still unconnected, I would probably think I was losing my mind. I know there are other people out there who realize that family members taking care of one another is the way it's supposed to be.
Because isn't it? If you can't count on your family for support, who the hell can you count on?