The Importance of Being… Parents

Some people are not supposed to be parents. I think they know this, deep down. They lack a certain thing that others have. Or maybe it’s that they have a certain thing that others lack? In any case… parenting is not meant for them.

I think they know this. They all do.

Some readily admit it but others, they hide it. Even from themselves.

These are the people I don’t understand. Because they are willing to ride the lie all the way to the maternity ward, in some cases.

Why do people have children if they don’t want to?

And worse, why do they have more children when they have failed so miserably at patenting the ones they already have?

Why?

Is it the unwillingness to admit the failure? Is it invisible pressure? Is it the desire to put another quarter in the video game again and again… and again, until they have passed that stubborn level and won the elusive medal?

Maybe it’s all of those things.

I don’t know.

But I know it’s wrong.

There are no do-overs at parenting. No bonus “lives”.

It’s too important.

As it should be.

 

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