Around Christmas I tend to have occasional thoughts about how Christmas feels kind of pointless for adults without kids. (I guess because kids are the only ones inexperienced enough to have any illusions about Christmas meaning anything? But for them it does mean something… it means free toys and candy, while for the rest of us it just means tiresome family gatherings and endless gift-buying expenses. If some of your gift-recipients were children– with their inability to buy their own candy and toys, and thus their very genuine joy to receive them– it might actually feel a little rewarding.)
I suppose a lot of people decide they want kids around this time… it would make sense, because if they start trying now, they might very well conceive in January or February, which would fit with September and October being such common birthday months.
My parents are kind of backwards. I was probably conceived in August or September, since my birthday is June 1st. This would be logical and natural for a species that can’t raise newborns in the winter, like deer or something. (Or maybe Minnesotans ARE that way because of our climate. Those national statistics about the most common birth months– you never see them broken down by state.)
By the way, congrats to everyone who won books in the Fall Extravaganza! I’ve contacted the winners and mailed them their prizes.
Speaking of things that are popular during the winter holidays, there are now 17 days till Christmas, so get your books and Abby and Norma merchandise while there’s still time!
(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt. At this point it might not get there by December 25th, though.)