Articles appeared in English newspapers and news programs reported that a recent survey showed that most parents chose a girl in procedures that can be manipulated. The reason given was that girls are “easier” than boys. None of these people must have had experience with a teenaged female.
The desire is in stark contrast to china. Reports suggest that most abortions are targeted at girls. The Chinese tend to refer male descendants.
If these trends continues, the future might hold a lot of eurasian marriages, with an imbalance of sexes in different parts of the world.
Of course, there is no news on this subject from the United States, where everyone is crazy…
Tonight, we were at dinner at “the best Thai restaurant in Dubai”, supposedly having won this title for the past five years. The ambiance was wonderful, the food was excellent, and the service what one expects in Asia. Because we had chosen the early seating, because of having a child in the party, we were surrounded by tables with children. Every child had an electronic device, which keep them occupied, but also prevented interaction with grown-ups. The child with had one, which kept him from fussing and let us talk. One must take the good with the bad.
I recall having to entertain children at restaurants, before the advent of electronic diversions. We used books, colored pencils, and toys. We spoke to them and explained things, no matter how little they understood or how little sense we made. We kept them occupied and taught them discipline. Now, parents must achieve the same result, while competing with apps...
I believe that I have read about parents wanting their children to have a better life than they did. This is not possible with my children, because I have had a good life. I do not want them to have a worse life, but want them to be content.
My daughter has found someone that can continue to spoil her, as I always tried to do. What I have discovered with Number One Son is that he has managed to be better than me. He graduated summa cum laude from university, while I coasted through with little incentive to do as well as I could/should have. I blame the need to serve in the military and the prospect of a year at war with spoiling any motivation to do better. I might have done better, but never would have achieved the grades that he did. I became a pilot, not out of a burning desire to fly, but as a means of avoiding military duty on the ground. I guessed that this type of military duty might be more comfortable, if not less dangerous. He has dreamed of flying a plane since a young age (not influenced by me) and achieved the top position in his class; I was only second in my class in a much easier curriculum. The Army needed warm bodies to fill seats of helicopters in Vietnam; Lufthansa is more selective and its course more strenuous. I am happy that he has done better and proud of his accomplishments. It has never been a competition. And, he never failed to live up to my expectations, because I never knew what to expect.
The “better” bit is not all that important...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.