I am not a very maternal woman. Blame it on a combination of nature and nurture, but I find children under the age of three slightly intimidating, my own child being the exception. To me, babies and small toddlers come across as small, disdainful tyrants. And they don't get my jokes.
All of this doesn't stop me from understanding how important they are, or how they're the foundational material for all the interesting people that surround me. After all, I used to be a baby. And I know that they need to be protected and raised in a very particular manner so that they won't morph into very hungry, very angry apex predators able to function both on land and sea.