Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Being a Parent

Map wrote a very tender blog entry dealing with her parents in which she mentions part of a post I wrote on JavaRanch. The specific line from my post that she said almost made her cry was:

100 pounds was about what my daughter weighed when I stopped carrying her upstairs to bed when she fell asleep in the living room.

These are the kinds of things parents do for their kids. I remember when Beth was little and would wake up frightened in the middle of the night, I would let her sleep with Michel and I would go sleep in her little bed. Struggling up the stairs carrying your little girl to bed is just what you do as a parent. It comes from love and a desire to make life a joy for your child. I don't think it is easy to describe to someone who isn't a parent but I never met a parent who didn't understand it immediately.

1 comment:

Map said...

I should get another RssReader! This beta version delivered Tom's post 10 days later! :mad:

Tom, you might not appreciate enough what you are for your kids.

I don't want to speculate about my father, but Lorka's stories about her childhood sometimes made me wonder what the world I am living in is.