As of today, I have been a parent for 26 years. Most of those were good, actually all the years were good, but we sure did have some rough moments. Let me take some time to review a few of our struggles now that time has put them into perspective.
Croup – there is not a parent in the world who wants to deal with this one. Your tiny little baby is so sick. Leaving her in a croup tent for a week, just about killed me!!!
Asthma – probably should have seen this one coming. Other than a few misguided supply staff at school this wasn’t a big one. Just the odd trip to emerg for a quick treatment and we were good again.
Rockin John – your imaginary friend. Not sure where he came from, but he lived under the stairs and you loved hanging out with him.
Sister – you were skilled at tormenting your sister. I’m not sure how many times I had to rescue her from the clothes dryer….come to think of it…I should have seen this one coming too – I vaguely remember lifting the lid to the toilet at 3 am and having a very pissed off cat jump out at me…..
Pulmonary Embolism – this was the worst. I was never so scared. But you were a trooper, took it all in stride…
High School – had I known, I probably would have sent you to an all girls school….
Driving – you were so happy when you bought your car, you were never home. You were everyone’s chauffeur….until you weren’t…
Car Accident – “you hit a mailbox, took out 7 trees, jumped a fence and did a barrel roll in your car and lived to tell the tale…” Please don’t do this one again….
Concussion Collection – the next few years were interesting….I’m glad you are finally receiving recognition for the symptoms. Try collecting stamps…
Boyfriends – some were abusive, some were just idiots and a couple of them were really nice guys. I kinda like the one you have now, he’s my fav so far…
College – I am so proud of you for choosing a career path that suits your nature and desire to work with people!!!
26 years and we’re both still alive. I have never been more proud of you (I know I say that every year, but honestly you amaze me time and time again!!!)
Here’s the point of my story, parenting, in the moment, is difficult, confusing, heartbreaking and gut-wrenching; but when you look back on all of it, the pain, the suffering and the heart ache melt into love, pride, admiration and the realization that all those tiny moments, were just pieces of a greater puzzle that is creating the most beautiful memories.
Hang in there parents, it will all be worth it.
If your family is struggling to adjust to or accept some of life’s hurdles, I can help you all get “Back On Track“.
Loads of Love
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