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“The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.”
― Dorothy Parker

 

Motherhood begins with the dreams of a perfect family photo and gratitude for a healthy child. But, it is physically and mentally demanding.  Every decision seems to be wrong and the hopes of fulfilling the magical child in an organic and creative environment are harder to fulfill.

The moments of clarity, and the view from afar, allow moments to treasure.

The artist prince has created his art with an empathetic heart, donations to charity, and a well-cultivated and ambitious combination of business and marketing savvy.  He has turned lemons into spiked lemonade with a wry sense of humor.

The education princess chooses to help her students, and her children, experience learning, self-esteem, and respect in a daily practice to allow them to develop fine characteristics and enhance their faith in G-d.

The museum princess feels safe in the heart of our nation’s public institutions.  She engages visitors, creates educational programming, and has designed a plan to make museums welcoming and inclusive learning environments.

The youngest prince is still trying to find his way.  He has discovered that physical activity and hard work satisfy both his hands and his mind.  He loves to travel and is a loyal friend.  Wherever he goes, he needs to combine a social life with religious observance and stay true to who he wants to be.

It seems that I am far past the point of being able to impart life lessons or ethical decisions.  As a parent, the desire to be involved in our adult children’s lives, but remain an out of sight observer, is a dance that I am still struggling to learn the steps to.   Can they create long-standing relationships between themselves and their families?  What do we leave behind and how do I strengthen who they are going forward?

Have I become irrelevant already?

Their paths have led them so far from where I could have ever imagined.  These are the moments I treasure; reflecting on how much they have achieved and how they are adding their gifts,  imprint, and humanity on the world.

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