While affectionately laboring over these éclairs, it dawned on me how often I am (happily) baking something for a baby shower. I realize that humans the world-wide constantly (and rather efficiently, but to some, perhaps excessively) procreate and have done so for some time now. However, lately, there seriously seems to be a sudden uptick in the number of people either trying to get pregnant or giving birth.
Is there something in the water?
Maybe, but not everyone is swayed or convinced of its baby making power.
Most people agree that humans were built with certain ‘hardware,’ allowing us to make more humans. But what about the ‘software’? Specifically, the sub-conscious layer of thinking – that loudly obnoxious, or for some, muffled banging called Biological Clock?
A very good girlfriend recently suggested that she experiences no such ‘clanging.’ – that this so-called biological clock never turned itself on in her. In addition, she expressed very little concern about her body (or mind’s) ability to turn the clock on OR when it might do so.
Does this make my friend a human anomaly? Did my friend sub-consciously, yet vehemently reject the societal pressures for women her age to have babies and subsequently silenced (or broke) her biological clock? Why does she possess the ‘hardware’ but not the ‘software’? And why do some women possess the ‘software,’ but lack the ‘hardware’? Is my friend-sans-biological-clock somehow liberated in a way that women who want children (and all the good, bad and ugly that can come with it) are not? Can she be liberated from something she has never wanted?
It is unclear and I am no closer to answering these questions than I was before I started this metaphysical, biological and hypothetical debate in my head. However, my friend’s situation continues to interest me greatly, most likely because I think I might have drank too much of the ‘baby making’ water. My own biological clock has and continues to be quite clamorous…almost deafening. Even after two children. It is L-O-U-D…like the sound of a sustained blow horn. Curious thing, really. Should I try ignoring it? Give in to it?
For the time being, I’ll concentrate on eating these super delicious and simple-to-make eclairs. Eclairs don’t make my head hurt.
This recipe comes, straight up, from the food network website. Thanks Gale Gand!