or so it appears.
I have been mulling over the news that Sarah Palin's
17 year old daughter is pregnant for a few hours now
and my reactions surprise even me.
I was not horrified that the girl is pregnant.
Obviously, it is not ideal by any means.
She is just a child herself
and, because she is choosing to get married and keep the baby,
her childhood is coming to a screeching halt.
She will never know the adventure of going away to college,
or getting her own place to live, alone.
In going from her parents' home to a marriage and motherhood,
she is losing a very valuable opportunity to get to know herself,
her own likes and dislikes, opinions and values.
But, she's pregnant.
And frankly, I don't blame Sarah Palin or her husband either.
Ultimately, teenagers are going to do what they are going to do.
I mean, I truly hope that they tried to teach her good values and morals.
I think they probably failed her if they only taught her the
"abstinence until marriage" rhetoric.
You can teach it, but you sure as shit better be teaching them about birth control
and protecting themselves right along with it.
Because as much as we would like to think kids are going to make
every decision based on OUR values and what we teach them,
they will ultimately go their own way.
But no, these are not the things that are really bothering me.
What is bothering me is that she JUST THREW HER DAUGHTER UNDER THE FREAKING BUS.
She knew her daughter was pregnant.
She had to know that this would be an issue in this campaign.
She had to know that her young daughter was going to get
DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD for the next few months.
In my mind, her desire to be Vice President has trumped her desire
to protect her daughter,
to shield her,
to be there for her during her pregnancy
I cannot think of another time when a young girl would need her mother
as badly as this.
And I cannot imagine how I would feel, as Bristol Palin, to have the whole nation talking about me,
and my choices, and my values, and my mistakes-
and to know that my mother allowed it to be so.
ETA: Please follow along in the comments section, there is quite a lively discussion going on there!