Vulnerability. Every expectant parent has been told that having children will change their lives forever. The naïve among us may minimize this fact or warning. My bride still reminds me that over four decades ago when she was pregnant with our firstborn, I assured her that we would still be spontaneous after we become parents. Stop laughing. Comedian Mike Birbiglia will bring some laughter to readers of his book titled, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad. Other parents will admire his vulnerability about the darker sides of his experience and feel some relief that their own experience isn’t singular. So often there are expectations of what we “should” feel about our newborn children, and when we may not experience those feelings, we may feel alienated. Birbiglia’s candor and willingness to talk about the dark side may help other parents appreciate that not everyone feels the same things in the same way at the same time.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)