Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Unbelievable or not so much?

That is the question.

Today, I have nothing heavy to write about. I have no wisdom. I don't want to bring your attention to the state of women. I don't want to talk about politics. And granted, there ARE many important things to talk about. (Did you read Maureen Dowd's op-ed in the NYT today?)

People. The topic is Jamie Lynn Spears. What the hell is going on? Have you heard this news? The 16-year-old little sister of Britney is pregnant. That's right. Pregnant.

"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," Jamie said about discovering she was pregnant. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he." She's talking about her high school boyfriend.

Does this mean she didn't realize that having sex could lead to pregnancy? Were they using birth control? Did she want to follow in her sister's footsteps? She's 16. Britney seems old compared to that. Was there discussion of abortion?

Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson was just about to publish mom Lynne Spears' parenting memoir, but they've put it on hold. Yeah. I bet. Lynne Spears Book Delayed Indefinitely

Nickelodeon, Jamie's employer (she's an actress on the kid's show "Zoey 101"), released a statement that sounds as if there's been a tragic death in the Spears family. Listen carefully. It's the sound of Jamie, Lynne, and Britney's careers dying all at the same time.

The Today Show used the news of Jamie's pregnancy as a catalyst for recommending discussions with your preteen or teen kids about the very REAL consequences of sex, and making sure that if you haven't had a discussion about sex with your kid, that you do. Now. Don't wait.

I wonder how that chapter in Lynne's parenting book reads? As if there would be a chapter about sex. HA! What did Lynne say to her girls about sex? I kind of want to know.

And at the same time, as a parent, it freaks me out. Is it Lynne's fault her daughter is pregnant? Well, no. But Britney . . . and Jamie . . . . something's not right there.

Let's just have a moment of silence for the Spears Family. The Seal intern, Tina, said, "Let's give them a group hug. And why don't we throw in Amy Winehouse, while we're at it?" Good idea.

And then, let's talk about sex. Everywhere we go.

My parting words for you are the wise words my mother repeated to my little brother, often at inappropriate and very embarassing times. "If you get it out, put a condom on it."

Words to live by.

Until next time.


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