This is a repost of one of my favorite posts from last year’s Christmas season. Happy reading and hope this can bring some joy and warmth your way in the midst of all the recent pain.
The full script of Virginia’s 1897 sweet letter to the editor and his even sweeter reply is a wonderful heart-warmer during the Christmas season. Check it out here.
Recently, it occurred to me that the whole idea of believing in something so amazing that it seems unreal closely parallels our daily experience as parents…
This is a paraphrased conversation I had with my sister, who we lovingly refer to as Aunt A:
Me: ”Yeah, you can never sleep in after you have kids…”
Aunt A: ”Probably not often, no.”
Me: ”Like as in, never.”
Aunt A: ”Not never, I’m sure”.
Me: “No, never.”
Aunt A: “But if they stay up late the night before or something…”
Me: ”Kids don’t sleep in. No matter when you put them to bed, they still wake up at the same time. It’s one of the profound phenomena of young children.”
Aunt A: “No way.”
Me: ”Very way.”
Aunt A: “But like if you guys get away for the weekend or something without the kids?”
Me: ”Doesn’t matter. Your body becomes so conditioned to getting up at the crack of dawn, you lay there cursing the clock in the hotel room at 6am.”
Aunt A: ”And you still like these kids?!?”
Me: “Yes, we still like these kids. And we love them. A lot, actually…”
And there you have it, this Mom of the Year’s
2011 2012 version of believing in something profound and beautiful despite all logic…:)