Yes, there’s a pretty heavy psychic weight that children bring to the party (which begins and lasts several years as a Poopie Party), even when those children are not within line of sight.

It’s easy to forget as Meany goes off on these weird adventures that he shoulders that responsibility, but it’s very likely Meany does not forget and feels some measure of guilt that he doesn’t really understand where this strange offspring is coming from exactly.

Wait, that’s parenting for everybody. Meany’s just in it like everybody else.