I've always been aware that the joys of parenthood are ephemeral, but I heard a story once about a mom that would take steps to avoid the bedtime routine one of her kids wanted by telling them, "I'll be there in a bit" knowing she wouldn't be. One day, she overheard that child telling their father that he stopped asking mom because she never came and as you can imagine, it broke her heart. Since then, I've been acutely aware that any day my son might not ask to kiss my nose as I tuck him in. Then before I know it, he won't ask me to tuck him in. Then he won't want me to tuck him in. Eventually, my girls will no doubt follow suit and that though is almost as saddening to me as the idea of losing someone close. It helps me appreciate so many of the little things that I otherwise wouldn't.
Today my wife shared this with me and I had a good cry as a result. Being a father in 2016 doesn't feel anything like what I was led to believe it would be by the culture I've grown up in (and my father wasn't around so I didn't have a very clear picture to begin with) :)
This also helps my understand why parents harass their children to "give us grandchildren". It's a way to regain some of that joy for them while also knowing their children will receive it too even though they don't get know it's there to be had.http://embracinghomemaking.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/The-Last-Time.jpg #parenting #parentingtips