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So that's why you have kids - Ed Brock

From the shower I could hear the baby crying.

I could also tell that it was nothing too important. It wasn't that desperate, something's wrong kind of cry. It was more like a standard “Do what I want” kind of cry.

So I didn't hurry. And sure enough when I made it to the living room there she sat, just as I left her, perfectly good toys in her lap.

Just crying for Daddy to come entertain her.

One thing I've learned in the past seven and a half months, along with the different levels of crying, is that babies are a pain in the rear. They cry (we've covered that), they demand attention and sometimes they don't wait for you to put the new diaper on.

They're obnoxious, really. So why bother?

Well, there are a couple of perks. Number one, they're pretty cute.

That's one way nature keeps us from just drop kicking them out into the cold.

Plus, well, they kind of give you something to live for. Christmas, for example, is already taking on a whole new light for me.

The baby sets the pace for everything. But at this stage in my life that's fine.

I've done the whole running around from bar to bar thing. I'm looking forward to having an excuse to take in the occasional Disney movie at the theater.

And I've grown used to carrying a diaper bag, my lunch, sometimes my gym bag and various documents for work to the car while balancing the baby on one arm as well. I can even reach into my pocket for my keys.

Perhaps the oddest thing is that having a child has determined how long my wife and I would like to stay alive.

Previously my wife said she was planning to take her final bow at around 60. That always struck me as a little optimistic (in a paradoxical kind of way) since as a Japanese woman she's statistically more likely to reach 75 while standing on her head.

Now, however, she could happily go on to that age because she wants to see as much of our daughter's life as she can. As for me, well I'd always planned to reach 100 but now I really want to make it that far.

Of course, I'm a little optimistic myself. I'm assuming my daughter doesn't grow up to be evil or something. I mean, I would still love her, I just don't know if I would want to love her for a really long time.

But no, I would, and I'm pretty sure she'll make an interesting and lovable adult.

She just needs to let me finish a shower in peace.

Ed Brock, a Henry County resident, covers public safety and municipal governments for the News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or at ebrock@news-daily.com .