Monday, February 02, 2009

building boats

Working on an outline for a workshop I'm giving on Wednesday. Ironically, I'm going to talk to other Moms about how to not worry about their kids. (Stop snickering. No, really. Stop.) Came across this quote I'd underlined a while back...

Parenthood is a never-ending journey down a wide river of worry and love. You get in that boat with your kids and you never get out. They get out--they build their own boats and row into their own destinies--but you stay in the original boat, always their parent, forever caring...
Elizabeth Lesser

I don't like this whole "build their own boat" thing. It seems a cruel joke to me to invest so much of my heart into these people who will leave me and eventually only call once a week, at best. It is more than my heart can bear to think about now. They tell me, however, that the teen years will make that transition easier...

We'll see.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

I really like that paragraph by Lesser. I really do know that I'll stay in the original boat. I always wonder what that day will be like when they build their own. I'll still be mom and they will still always be my babies.

This is what no one tells you about having children. Count the costs.