Today I celebrate the 27th birthday of my only daughter, born on a day much like today; softly snowing and feeling like the beginning of winter.
And today I want to reflect on a few of the ways my life has been
changed by this momentous event.
I know many lovely people who have never had children. They are kind, compassionate, generous, giving, forgiving, etc. And I marvel that they can
be that way even though they have never had the benefit of being taught the
way I have been by parenting, and seeing the many ways I was not all of those things. I probably had way more to learn than they did.
Something about the all-consuming responsibility that comes with parenting, the sleepless nights, the sickness, the worry about never getting it right, the worry about something terrible happening to my children, the worry about everything….
What is required of you is staggering, but you do it because you are hopelessly in love. You are bonded to this tiny, helpless, dependent being and you rise to the...