Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Appropriate Metaphor for Parenthood

Some people think children are like little lumps of clay, waiting for their parents to lovingly craft them into wonderful human beings.

Me, I think parenthood is more like this: You wake up one day, and to your shock you've been strapped to the back of a wildly galloping stallion. Ahead you can see cliffs in one direction, a pit of quicksand in another, and a sign reading, "Danger: Unexploded Mines." Your desperate hope is that you can get hold of the reins and give the stallion just a bit of guidance before it bucks you off.


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