Having Children Has Made Jim Gaffigan a “Better Man”

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This is a really beautiful quote from Jim Gaffigan:

“I watch the faces of single people in their twenties after I bring up that I ‘have children.’ I imagine them taking a small step backward as if to avoid contagion, with a look of ‘Sorry to hear that’ on their face. Like I naively volunteered to contract leprosy, forever quarantining myself from the world of having fun by having children. Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seem uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life. I believe each of my five children has made me a better man. So I figure I only need another thirty-four kids to be a pretty decent guy. Each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart. I would trade money, sleep, or hair for a smile from one of my children in a heartbeat. Well, it depends on how much hair.” (h/t Deacon’s Bench)

Check out this Catholic World Report Article: Jim Gaffigan on Fatherhood for the Recovering Narcissist.

I love the title of the CWR article. For most of us, the call to love resounding in our bodies invites us to go out of ourselves and to build a world together with another. “Man…cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” Gaudium et Spes, 24

Get Gaffigan’s book.
Related previous posts here:
How Can There Be Too Many Children?
Becoming Better People, One Child at a Time

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