Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Empty Nest?

Do they always fly on their own? Do they sometimes need a shove? Is it okay? When? How? What? Why?

Today was a hard day... okay, well if I'm being honest, this whole year has been pretty stinkin' rough. Not getting into details here; let's just say that being the parent of young adult children is excruciating in every way possible. And I thought childbirth was painful...

And now for a nap.

"Perhaps that's what it means to be a parent: to teach your child, day by day, to learn to live without you."  —Nicole Krauss

"Parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge or your 'inside' voice."  —Kelly Corrigan

"Do not let the lures or the irritants of the moment draw you away from your family."  —Spencer W. Kimball

"Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It's everything."  —Jill Smokler