Did you watch the series finale of Parks and Recreation? I love that show, and I’m sad that it has ended. But it was nice to finally see a series cater to the fans and tell us exactly how every one of our favorite characters ends up — happily ever after, of course.
My favorite part of the episode is when April, Leslie Knope’s protégé throughout the series, asks for Leslie’s advice about having kids. For some of us, deciding to have kids (or more kids) is not easy, and it is difficult to understand why parenthood can be really great — especially when there’s so much stuff out there that makes it sound miserable. And it’s true that having kids (like many life choices) is a mixed bag — it’s great and it’s hard and it makes things more complicated and it simplifies other things in it’s own way. But you don’t have kids because you want a perfect life.
“Nobody’s life is perfect,” Leslie says. “You have kids because you and Andy are a team, and you want to bring in some new team members. I don’t know if you should have kids, but I do like your team.”
I don’t know if anyone else has ever put it this way, but it’s lovely, I think, and it really resonated with me. (Way to go, writers!)
We all know someone who is on the fence about kids. Maybe you are (or were) of those people. What do you think about this metaphor?