Bundles of joyPosted on 23rd July, 2012 by Admin
In honour of this historical week, in which I officially become the mother of two teenagers, it seemed only appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the joys of parenting. After a couple of years practice with our daughter, we now launch into new territory when the first of our two boys turns 13 on Thursday.
Looking at the gorgeous blanket-wrapped bundle of cuteness all those years ago we couldn’t have pictured in our wildest imagination our life as it is now. Instead of a snuggly baby, smiles and tickles we find ourselves in a parallel reality involving school, sport, friends and all kinds of adventures. Our son is now a lot taller than me and can run WAY faster than I can (as evidenced by his participation at state level cross country race over the weekend). He comes in very handy for carrying heavy items, reaching high shelves and opening jars for his dear old Mum. Of course, we always have to make sure we feed him before we go out the door to anywhere so that he doesn’t eat all our friends out of house and home!!
Parenting is definitely a ride, and here are a few quotes I found that made me smile:
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. (John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester)
The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. (Clarence Day)
Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. (P. J. O’Rourke)
The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet. (Bill Cosby)
Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going. (Phyllis Diller)
Taking a nostalgic moment to reminisce, I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be a parent and can honestly say that even though at times it can be a tough road the joys definitely outweigh the challenges. Savour the journey I say!!
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