CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 1, 2011

Seven Billion People on Planet Earth


 

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH

When a child, I had two matter-of-fact conditions for my adulthood.

          I would be a teacher.

                     And I would have twelve children.

     When I was a young adult, a senior in high school, the city’s teacher’s college, reputed to admit anyone, rejected my application.

     After I was married I wrestled with infertility problems.

     There went my two childhood assumptions about my adult life.

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     After being rejected by the teacher’s college I became a member of Erie County Technical Institute’s first class in medical technology. After working in that field for a few years I changed direction, returned to college as a nontraditional student, and studied occupational therapy. I switched my major (for all the wrong reasons—that’s another post) and graduated with a B. A. in sociology.

     I married before graduating with my B. A. Graduation marked the time we would start our family.

     After a year without results we began looking into adoption. Shortly we moved from New York State to Pennsylvania, a career move for my husband Monte. The move interfered with the adoption process, but our adoption application was accepted by a Catholic agency.

     While we waited I found part time employment in an adjacent county.

     My job was to help the agency catch up on their adoption home study files. It was a perfect job for this time in my life.

     There was, however, one question I balked at asking. It was a question I myself couldn’t answer to my satisfaction. Although I understood the necessity for the question I couldn’t understand how anyone, especially a woman, could respond cogently.

     The question: Why do you want a child? Or, Why do you want to be a parent— a mother, a father?

    I have a friend, a father of many children, whose answer would be to prove my manhood. I was never given that response. Most of the time it was a general answer that I felt satisfied with was because we want to be a family.

     There is an innate, unexplainable, need for humans to create families. To do so requires procreation—if that proves not possible alternative ways of family creation are explored.

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     Yesterday, October 31, 2011, as we celebrated Hallowe’en, planet Earth reached a historical milestone: its seven billionth birth. The symbolic representatives of this event were announced after the day’s global awakening, which began in a town in Tunisia and spread to other towns and cities around the globe.

     The Phillippines was the first country that declared a seven billionth baby: five pound six ounce baby girl Danica May Camacho.*

     The Cambodian honor fell on an unnamed three kilogram baby girl born in the southern province of Preah Sihanouk—the family’s fifth child. Her mother was forty-two year old Pring Phal.*

     Of course, the fact that the actual birth could only be estimated didn’t stop the celebrations around the globe.

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     UN rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement marking the seven billion milestone: “From the moment the child was born, he or she — like every other child born today or any other day — should be guaranteed freedom from fear and want, protection from discrimination and abuse, and equal access to security, justice and respect as a member of the human family.”*

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BILLIONTH BABY MILESTONES**

     When were the billionth milestones in Earth’s births reached?

1805—one billionth person born

1927—two billionth person born

1959—third billionth person born

1974 – fourth billionth person born

1987 – July 11 marked The Day of 5 Billion

1999 – sixth billionth: Ada Nevic, born October 12, in Sarajevo, Bosneo

2011 – seventh billionth person born

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     Yes, as a child I wanted to have twelve children. I thought about that the early 1980s day that the population clock in Atlanta counted that metropolitan area’s population reached the number two million.

     And when I was an adult, I put away childish things…

     We celebrate the landmark with the underpinnings of awareness and caution that our planet may be cecoming so stretched that it cannot adequately support the rapid, expansive, growth that is happening.

SOURCES

*http://news.yahoo.com/philippines-welcomes-symbolic-7-billionth-baby-020700698.html

**http://www.livescience.com/16489-7-population-milestones-7-billion-people.html

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ADDITIONAL READING:

ARE YOU PUNISHING OR DISCIPLINING YOUR CHILD?

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath

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