Well, today my wife and I are going to have our first and only ultra-sound in order to determine whether we are having a boy or a girl. I’ve been lovingly referring to my wife’s growing belly as “baby Benjamin.” Therefore, we are hoping that the sonogram reveals a little baby boy…it might be hard to start calling our baby a girl’s name now (Benjamina?). In any case, we hope that our growing baby will not be too modest or prudish so that we can observe what equipment he or she is or is not packing. We shall cross our fingers…
Bonus follow-up Question # 1 (10 Points): Well, this isn’t really a question, but more of a comment, which may make the bonus points not worth very much in the grand scheme of things. So, I get really annoyed when someone refers to our baby as “it.” For example, “Do you know what ‘it’ is going to be?”, “Did you feel ‘it’ kick?” or “Did ‘it’ make you eat that whole gallon of ice cream and those two jars of pickles?”. Now, I just may be turning into a cranky old man as I begin to approach my mid-30s (where’s my Geritol), but our baby is a human being that is becoming, not an inanimate object. I prefer that people refer to our baby in utero as a “he” or a “she,” though this will be easier for others to do once we know for sure what gender he or she actually is. In any case, I believe that from the moment of conception our baby is a person and not an “it.” I believe that the more people refer to unborn babies as inanimate “its,” the easier it is to justify and rationalize abortion.
Bonus follow-up Question # 2 (20 Points): I have no problem with those who chose to refer to their mother-in-law as “it.”
Super Bonus follow-up Question # 4 (30 Points): What happened to ‘Bonus follow-up question #3?
Bonus Fact (no points): Life begins at the moment of conception and ends the moment in high school when your first girlfriend meets your parents.