Okay, so I don't think Vonnegut was talking about parenting specifically (though he raised seven children) but to me it wholly encompasses the attitude one should take. With a three year old and a new infant under my roof, if one doesn't stop to appreciate the good times, there is very little break in the energy-drain that is rearing children. But those happy moments, however fleeting, are the ones to acknowledge - if not to others, at least to yourself.
Apologies for being a few days late with this post. Monday was the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people revere this civil rights activist for all of his laudable achievements. But what they may not realize is how progressive and radical Dr. King really was. At the time of his death, he was classified as an enemy of the state - part of one of the "greatest threats to the stability of the American government since the Civil War", according to President Hoover.
King was a radical - pushing a strong agenda on a country that needed but was resistant to change. He was not overwhelming liked or respected in his lifetime; that was to come with his death and success of the Civil Rights Movement. In the words of Dylan Thomas, King did not feel we should go gentle into that good night, but instead rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Finishing a cup of warm tea ~ when your toddler gives you a cookie from the package before selecting his own ~ a surprise spare minute to read a magazine ~ unexpected messages from friends ~ letters in the mail ~ a back rub from a loved one before bed ~ ~ ~
Life is made of small pleasures.
May you find them plentiful.
My biggest DIY project of 2014 unveiled on 01.02.15 at 7:56pm.
Isaac Alfred weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz and is 20" long. Super fast and furious entrance, he's doing well.
And we are all already completely smitten with him.