Dee Saunders, Nassau Calendar Editor
A funny thing happened on my way to parenthood...I got married and signed up for bliss- sleeping in late on weekends, attending poetry readings. It worked like a charm. Hey, you get what you pray for! But it must have upset Murphy's Law, because in the blink of an eye he had the leprechauns check off, right next to my name, "3 babies, 3,000 spit-ups, and 30,000 diapers!"
As the parent of two young-adult sons and a 14-year-old daughter, I realize that parenting is for keeps; a special privilege that parents get so they can tuck away memories, but most of all, a chance to positively impact a child's life. It's a serious job, but it can be hilarious along the way. Neither of us will forget how our older son, as a toddler, got away from us at Alice Tully Hall in the middle of a concerto, crawling under seats and chortling loudly as we tried to catch him. Or the time his brother made up rules for a board game we bought him. When any of us won, he would say, "You can't win, this is my game and these are my rules!" Sounds like The Apprentice to me!
Not to be outdone, our precocious daughter, at two years old, pulled out a deck of cards that came in a specialty tin and began reciting the numbers loudly while calling out the suits. We were in church! I swore I heard the Joker cackling as we picked up cards from the floor. We threatened to run her through a metal detector after that episode.
Ah, the joys of parenthood! Our kids sometimes drive us crazy, but they also make us proud.
Signing off as a proud mom in Bellerose...
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