I learned a long time ago that water is what causes babies. It explains a lot, because there’s lots of water most places on the planet. Ergo there’s more babies and “grown up” babies than you can shake a stick at.

I think shaking a stick wouldn’t hold up because either the stick would break or else you would get carpal tunnel syndrome and lose your ability to grip and shake before you shook it at everyone there is to shake it at. Besides, some unstable someone might take offense and break your stick early on in the process.

My first sip of water produced our first daughter. It happened so fast I didn’t have time to pickup a stick, much less shake it. 

I asked my wife, Susan, if we could bear a child… she said yes… I took a sip and “poof”… Ash showed up!

Water is amazing stuff. But you gotta be careful. Consuming water has to be done in a responsible manner. 

Three years after Ash, I had another sip of water… and “poof”… Kate showed up… our second daughter. It’s my understanding that having two babies between two consenting adults is zero population growth.

So I quit sipping water.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like waiting in line. And water is the reason. Since there are so many babies, we can’t go to the bathroom without having to wait in line.

I quit sipping water NOT because I don’t love babies, I quit sipping because I don’t like waiting in line. Susan was ok with this. She doesn’t like long lines either.

If I had anything important to say to the world it would be to quit sipping water irresponsibly.

We are all charged with tending our “garden”. No one is exempt. Our garden depends on us to keep it comfortable for human habitation.

There’s also God’s other creatures to consider… and His forests. 

We all, in health, try to keep our home comfortable. Earth is our bigger “home”.

Respect the power of water. Respect yourself… and most importantly, respect others. Even if you don’t agree with them… maybe especially if you don’t agree with them. They may have had a traumatic ‘waiting in line’ experience that left them bitter at life and are in need of some healing. Or maybe they just need a good whack with a stick. Babies need safe harbor boundaries to be healthy. We all do.

We’re all we have of each other. We currently only have one socially culturally chaotic Earth with not a lot of hope for another one. And there’s only one unique one of each of us.

Together with taking responsibility, exercising love, and showing respect we can conquer chaos and the irresponsible sipping of water.

Thanks for reading!

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By Ed Caldwell

I was tired, now I’m retired. Except for some unavoidable honey-dos, I pretty much goof off for a living now. My last career job was designing internet operating circuit boards along with a distinguished team of engineers, managers and support personnel. Prior to that I was an electronics technician evolving into circuit board design in the defense industry working with tactical missile systems. My first career job was a professional artist. During my younger years I worked many odd jobs beginning at age nine with a newspaper delivery route.

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