Among A Worthwhile Wreckage

Rocky Parenting

Years of mentoring parents-to-be in childbirth classes has made it obvious that there is a veil between what we think we are preparing for and what actually happens in the liminal spaces between this and that. Between preparing to do the work, and actually having to crawl on our knees in the muck through a trial greater than we imagined. We guess we know what it will mean to shift from one kind of life to another, how we will be strong and capable; but in the end, it is only a trick of the mind, giving us the courage to begin hard things before we’ve any idea at all just how hard they will be or what the cost or how it will change us.

Birth and death are two sides of the same coin, aren’t they? They even sometimes, heartbreakingly, happen at the same time, but that…

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