More power to the Palin family. They love Bristol and respect her enough to stand by her and the young man she loves, as the young couple choose to marry and raise their child together.
Whatever decision a young woman makes under such circumstances, it is never easy. No matter which way you turn, the consequences come back at you for the rest of your life.
There are still days when I regret my own choice -- not ever do I regret bringing a life into the world, but I will always, for the rest of my days, wish I had been capable of being a good enough mother to raise her myself.
I can hardly imagine a person regretting giving birth. If anything can be called a miracle, then the birth of a healthy child must be one. Life itself seems to run contrary to so many laws of the universe, so it is wondrous that it should still be happening on this little wet rock in the midst of nothingness.
To Bristol and her family (including those who will soon be added to it), I wish only the best and the most joyful future. To those who are scandalized, or who see this child as an opportunity to create a political wedge, I wish a clout to the side of the head with a maturity bat.
Morning Update: the Bat and I were discussing this, briefly, this morning, and the one thing which struck me as untouched in all the officious nonsense the media and other bloggers have spouted : Bristol's young man, Levi. I use the term intentionally. It reflects well on her that she has chosen to involve herself with a young man who, in the face of impending birth and the media storm which was bound to surround it, he has not shied away from his responsibility to her or to the baby. He is a man, where so many other baby's daddies are still boys, well into their dotage.