Friday, August 5, 2011

What If... You Suddenly Found a Baby on Your Doorstep?

Inspired by our last conversation – well, actually, Aidan's comments about being a father – I've begun to wonder about babies... and how the authors and characters who gather here would handle being surprise parents. In other words...

What if you suddenly found a baby on your doorstep? Would you drop him/her off at the nearest orphanage? Or would you raise the little tyke as your very own?

All authors and characters – even those who are already parents – are free to answer!

36 comments:

Kris said...

I would take the baby in.

I was an orphan. I was found in the forest, left in the brush and abandoned to die. A kind Elf took me in and nursed me back to health, but I always wanted to find my human family.

One year I went looking for them, and you know what? I found them in the place I least suspected.

You can read more about my journey here: THE MAN IN THE CINDER CLOUDS.

Kaelin said...

The baby would probably be better off with someone else.

Aidan said...

I guess I'd let Marenya decide. I'd want to keep it though.

Olivia Harper said...

Well, Aidan, I find it hard to believe that Marenya wouldn't want to keep the baby, too. If her concern for you is any indication, she seems to be very maternal.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Kris. Thanks for being so honest. I'm sure your own experience helped to determine your answer. Since you yourself were taken in and cared for, it only makes sense that you would do the same for another foundling.

So would I, by the way.

Micah said...

While I would certianly care for the child, my first concern would be for the parents. I come from a small community where everyone knows everyone, and travelers are noticed. Where did the baby come from?
(My author says it would be like someone in her world finding a zebra on the porch--I still don't understand her metaphor.)

Jil said...

Wow!Seeing as I'm on this journey I couldn't really keep it so I suppose I'd go to the motel owner and ask her help to find the parents. Now if it were a puppy, and obviously homeless, I'd keep that. Yes, I would really like having a little companion. good way to meet people too and not as helpless as a human baby. Hmmm.

Aidan said...

Oh, she is, Olivia, plenty maternal.

Sometimes too maternal. Like the past couple of days since I got hurt.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Well, Aidan, you do seem to test the limits of her maternal instinct. I mean, it seems like you get hurt a lot.

Marenya said...

He didn't "get hurt." He came within a hair's breadth of dying because of this brilliant idea he had.

As soon as he gets better, I'm going to make him wish he were still unconscious.

Ginger said...

Unfortunately, this isn't Victorian England. You can get arrested for keeping a baby left on a doorstep. I'd have to turn the child over to the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFUS) which has a horrible reputation for putting kids in unsuitable foster homes.

The whole system is so screwed up. Couples get paid money from the state for each child, so some couples do this to make money and neglect or abuse the children. There was a horrible case recently of seven children who were severely malnourished and locked in a closet while the parents were out gambling.

So, I would have to turn the baby over but the next thing I would do is apply for whatever I had to do to get approved as a foster parent and see if I could get the child back before it turned 18.

Because the red tape might take that long.

But.... I would love to have a baby so much. It just....

Just never worked out.

Ginger said...

Oh, wait a minute. We'd never get approved, would we?

Right. It's okay. I'm sure the real mother would have a change of heart or someone would help her do what she needs to do to get her life straightened out. Or the child might get adopted by a really nice couple.

I'm going to make some tea. Does anyone want some?

Olivia Harper said...

Um, Ginger, please don't think me rude, but you sure have a knack for turning a conversation upside-down. Now, I'm even more depressed about the state of the world... and even more determined that I would keep the child... laws or no laws.

Ironically, it seems even more unrealistic (than keeping a foundling in this day and age) to think that a mother who abandoned her child would suddenly have a change of heart... or that a nice couple would adopt him/her. Unfortunately, I've known too many foster parents.

Olivia Harper said...

Uh, sorry, Ginger, for my outburst. I get pretty upset when it comes to neglected children, and I think the child protection agencies in this country are awful.

That being said, I'm sorry that you're not a mother, Ginger. There's always hope, though - and as a successful business owner, you probably have a better chance of adopting than others out there. And you'd certainly be a better mother than many of those who have had kids.

In the meantime, you can baby Kaelin. I'm sure that, like Aidan, he needs some mothering from time to time. ;-)

Kaelin said...

Mothering? No. Ginger is my wife.

She's also forgetting Sentinel. Its influence runs deep. I've no doubt if we wanted to keep it, we could, legally and easily.

Aidan said...

Ginger wants to be a mother?

Good thing she has a pantry in her house.

(snort)

Ginger said...

(hurls a spatula at him)

Olivia Harper said...

Of course, Kaelin, she is your wife - not your mother. But worrying about you Sentinel boys has to make use of one's maternal instincts... that's really all I meant.

As for you, Aidan, I'm not sure what you mean. Is having a pantry good for an expectant mother because she'll be able to feed her little one... or put him/her in time-out?

Marenya said...

There is a distinct lack of privacy in our current situation and we've all been stealing private moments when we can, Olivia.

Her fingers are sparking, my lord.

Ginger said...

Kaelin doesn't need babying. Quite the opposite.

I just feel bad he's had to rescue me so many times. And Aidan depends on him as much as he does Marenya.

He was helping me with my bath, if you must know. We only have a bucket of warm water to wash with, and we were all quite grubby from coming to help Aidan.

Faldur said...

If I found a child I would take it to the Delfenward, then search high and low for the family. We don't abandon children. It would have to have been abducted.

Aidan said...

Uh huh, Ginger. If you say so.

Ginger said...

I don't have to take this, especially from the king of closet rendevous. No offense to you, Marenya, but he really isn't one to talk.

Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone.

Olivia Harper said...

Bye, Ginger. Hope you enjoyed your bath at least. I love it when my hubby helps me! *wink*

Michael Harper said...

Is that entirely appropriate, darling?

Olivia Harper said...

With the way that people talk around here, yes, I think it's entirely appropriate to mention our mutual bathtime. Besides, our author included one such scene in her novel... before it was deleted for word count reasons, that is.

Aidan said...

(rolls his eyes) Oh come on. I was just joking! Come back!

Marenya said...

Please excuse me while I go beat some tact into my husband. Who should know how sensitive certain people are about certain topics.

Particularly his sister-in-law and particularly now.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Well, I must say, life is never dull around here. Someone's always upset about something... and someone else is usually to blame. Sheesh.

Aidan said...

Yeah. Usually me. According to everybody else.

If you see Marenya, tell her I went the other way, ok? Thanks.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Sorry, Aidan. I wasn't actually pointing fingers at a specific person, but I guess I can see how you'd see it that way... given the norm around here. Perhaps you and Marenya do need a little break - you know, just one afternoon where nothing crazy happens and no one gets blamed for anything.

Well, a girl can dream.

Aidan said...

I get you, Nutmeg. Seriously, all I'm doing is laying here recovering. I mean, I can barely walk and I'm still in trouble.

Ginger did this cool thing with a cold spring though. She shot lighting into it and made it all hot and steamy. Feels great on my cuts.

Olivia Harper said...

Wow, I didn't know Ginger had such magical abilities! Good for her!

Though I'm sorry to hear that you're stuck in bed, it sounds like you need the rest. Incidentally, what happened to land you in bed in the first place?

Aidan said...

I sort of let a really bad demon possess me so Kaelin could torture it for information. Then he killed it, almost killing me in the process.

Kaelin is very good at what he does.

Olivia Harper said...

Apparently.

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