“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.” -Dave Willis
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” -Stacia Tauscher
“Your children will become who you are; so be who you want them to be.” -Anonymous
“Children are likely to live up to what we believe of them.” -Lady Bird Johnson
There is a saying that grandchildren are your reward for having not killed your children. I’m smiling as I type this because I know that there is truth in this. I’ve been a mother for over half my life. I have a difficult time remembering life without children. And now I am in Act 2- the next generation—-the reward, as if having the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, and the mysterious and complicated experience of raising the first editions wasn’t reward enough! I remember thinking about the day that my nest would be empty (and immediately blocking the thought because I couldn’t bare it.) With the arrival of the little guys over the past few years, our house is rarely empty and the evidence is the toys sprinkled all over the family room and the growing stacks of children’s book that appear to magically multiply overnight (or coincidentally after another thrift store shopping spree). There are little socks in my laundry and sippy cups in the sink. I have a front row seat to the 2nd Act and I’m loving every minute of it. My house may never be immaculate and orderly, but my heart will be overflowing with love!
You can read my previous A to Z posts HERE.