“Wow. What a beautiful and poetic post. Thank-you for sharing your experience. I am the mother of a three and a half year old daughter. Like you, I am trying to parent with whole-hearted love, while maintaining my sense of self. I want my little bird to fly but it is hard to imagine her being ready to leave our nest one day. The story that you shared about the bitter and sweet of your children leaving home is not often told; and certainly not with such openness and elegance. What a gift you have shared with us.”
“What an incredibly powerful post. Thank-you. I love the way that you have highlighted the tendency for parents to cling onto the past, rather than look to the future. It is truly food for thought and something to be mindful of.
I was also impressed by your story of the teacher that thoughtfully dealt with the topic of difference in her circle time. It raises the important point that it is our role to teach our children about the evolution of humankind; so many 'rights' that are now taken for granted were hard fought battles by unsung heroes.
I am currently reading (and enjoying) New York Times Op Ed writer, Gail Collins' book, The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present. It is a good reminder of how far we have come and how far we still need to go.”
Lou on Vancouver Island on Aug 8, 2012 at 23:50:59
“And how much we have to lose in the next election.
Born in 45.”
allwarisbad on Aug 8, 2012 at 18:50:45
“What is future and what is past ? Genderless human beings?
The N_W_O operates well in the US because there not much history here I think :)”
“I find it fascinating how afraid people are to speak with honesty about their parenting experience; when someone is brave enough to open up, it is amazing how often you hear: "You felt like that too? Oh - thanks goodness, I thought I was the only one."
Parenting is messy and scary and hard. It is also wonderful and fun and miraculous. I do my best to share openly with other parents about my experience; if I can help at least one other mother feel less isolated or alone on her journey then I will be truly thankful.