I heard a very interesting quote the other day; a woman said that she was raising her son “to be the kind of man I would want to marry.”
Men aren’t treated with respect nowadays; watch any television sitcom and you’ll see the father being made out as stupid, always saying the wrong thing, accused of acting like a “typical man” for watching sports or labeled as a “chauvanist pig” for expecting his wife to cook or clean. Men are being emasculated by our society, expected to overcome their nature and be “evolved.”
I hate the fact that my son is being brought up in such a society. I appreciate my husband’s take-charge personality, his sense of responsibility to his family and friends, his masculinity. I want my son to mirror those traits, and I want to set a good example so that he sees a healthy relationship between his parents. I want him to see the beauty of wifely subjection (Camille Paglia is coontemplating suicide as I write this) and husbandly leadership.
And what of unconditional love? It’s so uncommon in this day and age. I feel that it is so important for him to know that we will love him no matter what path he chooses. We will do our best to offer him a firm foundation of conservative morals and beliefs, and hope that he sees the benefits of our example. I will never disown him simply because I disagree with his decisions. I have experienced such abandonment, and could never visit that upon my child.
I feel the weighty responsibility of setting a good example, teaching him properly, watching my language. I must shield him and nurture him. I must raise him to be a strong man, a good man. A man like the one I married.