Each of the last two Saturdays I spent some time with two women, partners, and their five year old son. One of the women is an American that is a friend of a friend from back in Dallas. The other woman is Swiss. They live in Switzerland. They came to the island for a vacation. These women and their son were delightful. I really appreciated the opportunity to visit with them and to get to know them.
Yes these women are part of a demographic that I don’t have a lot of contact with in my normal routine. It is certainly a demographic that is not encountered often here on the island where the population is 50% Hindu and 20% Muslim. It’s a pretty conservative group of people here on the island.
While with the women we did have some pretty frank and straightforward conversation about the two of them raising a son. I started laughing at one point. They asked me what was so funny? I told them I was picturing two things: the first time they walk in on their son when he’s viewing pornography on the internet; and, also, when he begins to masturbate. I asked them, “Do you think you’ll be ready for that?”
So imagine my surprise this evening when Tyler Cowen links to this article: Papa Ed: The busy life of a prolific sperm donor.
I was thinking of sending them the link because I told them about Tyler’s new book An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies last Saturday over lunch. I recommended the book, even though I’ve yet to read it myself. It was an appropriate recommendation because the conversation over lunch had turned in a locavore direction and I attempted, pitifully, to describe how some of the locavore movement is seriously misguided.
So if the one or two readers of this blog know the women I’m talking about, let me make this perfectly clear: I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet them. I enjoyed the time I spent with them the last two Saturdays. I don’t have much of a social life here on the island and these past two Saturdays were easily among the most enjoyable of my time here.
I have not sent them the link to the article as I don’t want them to think I’m obsessing over their relationship and their son. But, please, go read that article, it is well worth the time it’ll take. It is just fascinating. Who would have thought there are people like Papa Ed in this world?
Oh, and Jerry? You need to buy Mary that book. It will challenge her thinking on food and will give her plenty of ideas. All of which will be good.