My takeaway on the Punctum of Palin, the place where new growth might happen in our culture of parenting? Not only how everyone loved on Trig, our new poster child for Down Syndrome and Special Needs, but how finally there might be an advocate for parents who struggle mightily with children of special needs. She primed us for the social problem of it all. Whether or not she makes it to the White House, someone big needs to advocate for parents who are under so much stress to take care of needy children. Palin's family was tribally presented, unusual for Americans (not counting the Kennedys who can be linked to the beginning of the Special Olympics). We do need a tribal orientation to this issue. Nuclear families can't handle it alone. Women, alone, can't have it all, can't do it all.
I've seen marriages of parents with autistic children break up. I've lived next door to a mother who dealt with two children with special needs and I'm sure you have friends and family, too, who are overwhelmed with the stress of it and the struggle to provide the needed care.
My heart was most captured by Piper, doting on baby Trig in a completely unstaged gesture of love.
An unforgettable innocent moment in the midst of all the politics.
Drill, baby, drill. Drill, baby, drill. Drill, baby, drill. The chant should be for more than oil. Man, it takes a village. Hillary had it right, she just didn't have more kids.