Parenthood has changed my perspective. If you've ever viewed the world with rose-tinted glasses, when you become a parent you'll be viewing them through shit-stained diapers.
These days Jesse can really kick up a storm when you attempt to change him. And when he's had a long call, you can be assured it's gonna be a shitstorm. The little guy is pretty strong despite his minute stature. So when he's had an accident in his diaper, the shit can really hit the fan - sometimes even literally!! So as far as Mae is concerned, it's a dirty job and Daddy's gonna have to do it. "I gave birth to him, you can wipe his ass!"
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on whether you're the father or the mother) when we're out shopping, we find that most places have a diaper room incorporated into the ladies toilet, if at all. Which pretty much means that Mommy's gonna have to get down and dirty. Heh! Personally, despite the occasional feeling of relief (pun not intended), I tend to find this a little chauvinistic on the part of the shopping mall's management people. This is where my new perspective comes in. *ahem*
So, what's the message here? Are we supposed to just accept that changing diapers is a woman's job? What next? Should we ban women from shopping malls altogether so they can go back to the kitchen where they belong?
Now Ikea is different. In the Gents you'll find this nifty little folded apparatus attached to the wall. Unfold it and viola, instant changing table! Apart from designing such a cool gadget, Ikea must be lauded for their attitude. In this world, attitude is everything. Is it any wonder why Ikea is one of the biggest corporations in the world?
For the rest of you Juscos and Giants out there, take a lesson from Ikea. You can wipe a little shit and still make it in the world. C'mon now, us daddies have a job to do, even if it's a dirty job.