Being a parent can be especially difficult. It might help if every hospital gave you a handbook with the baby entitled "How to be a Good Parent and Avoid Every Mistake You Ever Made". They don't though, so we bumble through life doing the best we can do, hoping we're doing it right, and sometimes even getting it right. Actually, more often than not.
At this stage of my life, it is a joy to have my children, who have their own children, and even their own grandchildren, start to understand what I have been sharing with them and seeing the sense in it. It's especially fulfilling to have them come back to me and tell me that they realize now that even though their lives were not easy, they wouldn't be the people they are today without my examples. Knocks my socks off!
I am so very proud of all three of them. They have all grown into very unique and wonderful people. They are great parents, loving, compassionate, astute, insightful, and a credit to their communities. They constantly amaze me with the insights they have into themselves and the choices that they make. Am I proud? Nahhhh, not a bit. <huge smile> Thank you, you three, for choosing me as your parent. I love you deeply and feel honored to be your mom.