Monday, September 8, 2008

Stained Glass

We were in Minnesota visiting my family a few weeks ago, enjoying the nicely balmy midwestern-style weather, a mutual love-fest between Ben and grandma and grandpa, swimming, corn-on-the-cob and a surprising lack of mosquitos.

We got to spend time with my cousin Jay and his wife Therese and their newly adopted, lovely baby boy, Joshua.

We talked about what parents talk about - work/life balance, hopes and dreams for the future, the joys of the present, the dilemmas of finding good childcare, the hazy exhaustion.

In talking about our various journeys of parenthood, both of which are slightly off the beaten track, we agreed that with special needs children and adopted children, you discover that the child you wanted most is exactly the one you got.

Therese shared with me this wonderful, uncredited piece of writing and I wanted to share it with you, too.

Your kids will challenge you, bring you to tears,

crack you up and make you forget what you urgently had to do.

They’ll shatter the life you knew into a million pieces.

Then they will put it back together, like a stained glassed window,

into something infinitely more complicated and beautiful.

2 comments:

Wanda said...

What a beautiful quote/poem!

Meril said...

so true. nice to read after a particularly rough morning. thank you.