“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to title this post, “pondering”, “parenthood” or “disenchantment”. As my daughter approaches her tenth year, I ponder how Bryan and I are measuring as her parents. I believe our successes greatly outweigh our failures and I believe we are doing a pretty darn good job at nurturing a decent human being. Parenthood, while not a piece of cake, has come to us gracefully, without a lot of drama. The child, as I have always said, brings more to our plate then we could ever dish out on to hers. This beautiful person is such a gift in my life and inspires me everyday to dig deeper into my art. Parents sometimes forget to continue to grow on their own journey as they raise the next generation. My daughter and my journey to 2020 becomes richer each day with knowledge, love, understanding and, sometimes, disappointment. Fortunately, the few moments of disenchantment when actions of unkindness or cruelty come along, I always have this small person to remind me that resilience is “rooted in a tenacity of spirit”. On her first day of preschool they asked us to describe our child in one word. We chose “empathetic”. Yep, we were right!
Photo taken of the sun setting over the Pacific during the Super Bowl ♥