Being a parent is often a pretty lousy job. You miss an enormous amount of necessary sleep.You never know when you'll be interrupted while in the shower or using the toilet. You're subjected to a great deal of whining, shouting, and arguing. Achieving your primary goal as a parent--making a child feel safe and secure--causes your children to take you for granted. Parenting presents many challenges and, in the moment, often lacks tangible rewards.
Except when it doesn't. Today, my reward came in four words.
After several long days of skiing, my overtired eight-year-old was nearly incoherent but unable to fall asleep tonight. I offered to lie in bed with him until he fell asleep, an indulgence I'd rarely grant him on a normal day at home. We lay there in the dark, still and not talking. I thought he was falling asleep. Then he whispered, "I'm glad you're here."
Me too. And it's worth it.
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In a moment of insanity, I have linked this post to the 67th installment of Just Write on the blog The Extraordinary Ordinary. Just Write is an exercise in free writing the moments of your day, and the link to the post can be found here. Mine is a simple post, but I think it captures the spirit of the exercise. If you're new here, thanks for reading. I hope you will consider sticking around for more.