July 21st, 2008
by Terri Libenson
I have a feeling Iâ€™ll be getting some feedback this week. Why, you ask? Welllll, maybe because Iâ€™m publishing a series of strips all about Robâ€™s…yes, vasectomy. Why would I do that, you (again) ask? Because as invasive and painful as this procedure is, itâ€™s relevant, topical, andâ€¦câ€™mon, admit itâ€¦humorous (assuming youâ€™re not one of the unlucky ones whoâ€™ve had some nasty post-surgical side effects).
I actually wrote a preliminary version of this series a year and a half ago. I didnâ€™t want to publish it until I felt comfortable. But the more prevalent the topic became (I couldnâ€™t wave a stick without hitting a friend or neighbor whoâ€™ve proclaimed to have had it done), the more I thought, why not? Itâ€™s become so mainstream to talk about and is often a subject openly discussed among parents in the 30-40-something set.
My husband and I agreed from the onset we only wanted two kids. So he had it done a few years ago amidst â€“ surprisingly — my reservations. I was very superstitious about it, the prevailing thought being: what if he has it done and then through some kind of Karmic retribution, something happens to one of the kids? I eventually got over myself and hubby got snipped. Later, I thought those underlying fears were something to explore in the strip. I channeled similar reservations into Jillâ€™s character, adding some irreverent humor along the way.
Originally, I was going to include the child characters asking their parents questions about Robâ€™s surgery. After all, my own kids were obviously around when my husband had it done; believe me, they couldnâ€™t stop asking questions (itâ€™s hard not to whenÂ dad is lying around with a bag of frozen peas on his crotch). We had opted to be honest with them without mentioning the grisly details: â€œDaddy had an operation so we canâ€™t have any more kids.â€ I think my â€œindependentâ€ older daughter was thrilledâ€¦no more sibs to annoy her. Anyway, I tried my hand at a couple of kid-related strips in this series, but they just didnâ€™t measure up to the others. So they wereâ€¦ahemâ€¦cut.
I hope you enjoy this series, which ends Saturday. Commentary (good or bad) can be directed here. Personal vaz anecdotes are welcome.
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