So the NYT has an article today on the scores of bright young things who are all, "I'm going to an elite university and I have fantastic skills, brains and opportunities -- so what? I plan on chucking it all to stay home with the kids!" ("Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Path to Motherhood," NYT, Sep 20, 05)
It's worth reading, if only because you will undoubtedly remember how, as an undergraduate, you were so sure how your life was going to work out. And for this priceless passage:
[Angie] Ku added that she did not think it was a problem that women usually do most of the work raising kids.
"I accept things how they are," she said. "I don't mind the status quo. I don't see why I have to go against it."
After all, she added, those roles got her where she is.
"It worked so well for me," she said, "and I don't see in my life why it wouldn't work."
Gosh, I had never considered that ... why should anyone go against the status quo? Why can't we just accept the way things are, so long as we're still comfortable?
That hilarity aside, I'm looking forward to the follow-up article where the young men are all, "Yeah, I cannot wait to shoulder the burden of finding a steady, stable, lucrative career so I can be the sole source of income in tomorrow's American economy! I relish the challenge!"