Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Heart-swelling, Heart-bursting trail of Parenthood.

The Heart-swelling, Heart-bursting trail of Parenthood.

Those of us who have journeyed the road of raising our children can identify with the multifaceted
emotions parents feel at the approach of the empty nest (some may secretly hope for an empty nest). I
recently told some co-workers that my youngest twenty something child got his first real job in this
tough job market; “I just got a raise, my boy got a job” now he can reach into his own pocket for
spending money. Raising kids is certainly not an easy road to travel. Most in the end would say they
wouldn't trade it for nothing else in this world. Those of us who have grown children and have met the
challenge and can truly say... Been there. Done that, and stand ready with advice (because parenthood
really never ends) in the future whether they ask for it or not. I hope you will enjoy the following
quotes, Perhaps you'll laugh, cry and reminisce on those wonderful days that have now pasted by;

*Little children, headache; big children, heartache. ~Italian Proverb

*Adolescence is perhaps nature's way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest. ~Karen Savage
and Patricia Adams, The Good Stepmother

*Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before
turning them into teenagers. ~William Galvin

*Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages
as much as 20 years. ~Author Unknown

*The troubles of adolescence eventually all go away - it's just like a really long, bad cold. ~Dawn

*Small children disturb your sleep, big children your life. ~Yiddish Proverb

and my favorite:

*When a boy turns 13, put him in a barrel and feed him through a knot hole. When he turns 16, plug up
the hole. ~ Mark Twain
The last quote made me laugh a lot. Being the father of two boys in their early twenty's intrigued me so
I hit the internet to learn more about Mark Twain's quote. One respondent summed it saying: “Because
around 13, boys go from those cute little munchkins into young men, who cause and get into trouble as
easy as they breath”.

From my experience I concur, I am proud of my boy's and I love them both and
while it hasn't always been easy I can testify; The road of parenthood is bitter-sweet, mostly sweet.

Bobby Kiger

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