11 – Kids are a no for me, an interview with Aaron Kapp

This episode takes a unit look at parenting – an interview with a man who wants to never be a parent. He and his wife have come to enjoy things in life that would be much more expensive and difficult with children. Troy and Seamus sit down with Aaron to learn more about his perspective. While we love our kids and wouldn’t trade them for anything, but you can kind of see where Aaron and his wife are coming from.

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  1. Ten Random “Greats”
    If you stop and think about it, you could tally up tons of little “greats” throughout each and every day as a parent. Here are ten, drawn from just moments of reminiscing over the last 32 years:
    1) The first smile—and each and every smile thereafter.
    2) A from-the-toes loooong belch during a very quiet moment at church … prompting three teenage girls behind to nearly loose it while trying to stifle their laughter for the rest of mass.
    3) Staring at his baby foot with great intensity.
    4) New walkers … looking like they just had hip-replacement surgery.
    5) Making potions in the back yard—and with horror, refusing me a taste (because he had peed into the potion—which I did see him do from the back window … just couldn’t resist seeing his reaction if I requested a taste.).
    6) Spontaneous “I love you Mammy!” proclamations in public.
    7) A thrilled kindergartener when he had to make a leprechaun trap for a school project.
    8) Watching band concerts, soccer games, theater productions, debate tournaments, etc. during High School years.
    9) During Parent Orientation for college, me resting by the pool with my feet soaking in the cool water of the blue pool, while the almost-college boy goes in to ask a few questions (example: would a tarantula be allowed in a dorm room if kept in a terrarium?). That feeling of his responsibilities getting heavier, while mine starting to diminish.
    10) Watching a child have children of his own … and getting fun time with grandchildren and see them yelp with delight when he walks through the door.
    I think Aaron is right … fatherhood is not for him. It truly is a long stretch of selfless focus and a long-term heavy-sharing of resources. And kids do cry sometimes. You have to be able to embrace that.
    But, I believe there is no shame in sharing your money with another human being, or tending to them when sick, or not being able to go on as many vacations. For many, there is something inexplicably deep, instinctive, and spiritual about new life and honoring the job of raising that life with great love and attention.


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