“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.” ― Marisa de los Santos,
Being a parent at times is no easy undertaking. There are many situations that demand that you go beyond the call of duty and protect your children.
One of my neighbors Achmed and his son Raoul this past Saturday planned a full day spending time shopping and having lunch downtown. The son’s medical condition requires extra caution on the part of his father.
His child suffers from narcolepsy a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder involving the loss of the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. People with narcolepsy experience frequent excessive daytime sleepiness beyond their control.
An unexpected episode happened as they were riding the bus home. Raoul fell asleep and his dad was forced to carry him home in his arms. The child’s body went completely limp and the full weight of his son’s body made the walk home that much more challenging.
When you are a kid and your parents fuss and fume over your health and safety you feel it as an intrusion in your personal space …an inposition on your freedom.
When you become an adult and a parent you finally realize that all those instances wherein your own parents made a fuss over you were not only justified but necessary.
Crossing that invisibe barrier separating carefree childhood to responsible adulthood is a matter of maturity and accepting the fact that you have now become your parents.
The selfless efforts they made for you will now enable you to better care for your own offspring. That is a part of the life cycle. It’s all good.