June 19, 2019

Appreciating The Village Supporting My Kid

“This parenting thing is bonkers.

Parenting a special needs child? Super bonkers. How else to describe the reality of constantly making decisions that one’s supremely unqualified to make, decisions that impact the life of a child?

This Father’s Day, I’ve been thinking about parenthood as an extreme balancing act. Put another way, it’s just like pre-parenthood life, lived at a much greater density. Every action seems to come with an unanticipated reaction. While I’m in the mood for grand philosophical pronouncements, I’ll add that parenthood is proof of the finite nature of life: finite time, energy, resources, attention. (Is love quantifiable and finite?)

Here’s one of thousands of examples from my own life, from one of billions of parents in the world.”

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