A Parent Wants
November 11, 2015
A parent can want health and joy for their child, and work to that end.
A parent desires to see a child thrive.
A parent can plan for their children, but only to the most basic degree.
It most likely will bear moments of discomfort for the elder, but eventually a parent learns to provide the freedom and the opportunities a child needs to discover her stronger interests, abilities, and use her natural empathy.
Love for a child is not planning their path.
Love for a child is not a constant push.
Love for a child is a gentleness married to guidance.
Love for a child is a slow release.
This is difficult for a parent, yet is a source of liberation and need for both parent and child.
~ mary jane goodman
~ 2015, November 9