We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Back in the day, one offspring announced was bored during spring break. My response was to point to bedroom and "suggest" that - if said offspring was bored - then could be bored productively while cleaning the room. Didn't hear any more about being bored.
I was thinking the same thing. My kids keep each other busy a good bit of the time. Probably should have had more. Feel kinda bad for only children. Especially when the parents are old, which they so often are. One trophy kid at 40-45 is no way to perpetuate a species.
Dissuading competent, intelligent people from having kids at a reasonable age is probably the dumbest thing we've done to ourselves.
"But I can't afford to have kids"
"You can't afford to not have kids" is my response.
I remember sitting in the Brussels airport across from a family who had adopted a Liberia boy. She told me the boy had noticed some singles sticking out of her carry-on and carefully tucked them out of sight for her--she was proud of his alertness. I noticed, and to this day kick myself for not commenting aloud, that the boy, given a little DVD player, was turning it off and on and off and on. He wanted to learn how it worked.
My wife's story. When she was little she would tell her Mother..."I'm bored". He Mother's response "get a pail of water and a rag and wash the baseboards or read a book"--your choice. She is still an avid reader!