“Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them.
They move on. They move away.
The moments that used to define them are covered by
moments of their own accomplishments.
It is not until much later, that children understand; their stories and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the water of their lives.”
― Paul Coelho
To be a parent is to live with the knowledge that our blessing is simultaneously our curse.
From the moment we first lay eyes on them, we are preparing our children to become independent of us. Laying a foundation that will provide our most cherished possessions with the footing they will need to be released.
From the instant they are conceived, we must live all our moments knowing this day will inevitably come.
Yet, despite our own personal anguish, they can never know of our despair.
They can only know of our joy for the life they are meant to lead.
Apart from us.
If we do our best, strive to master our craft every day and love them all enough to prepare them for the day they move on with out us, our efforts as parents will not be in vain.
Their moments and accomplishments truly belong atop our own.
In time, as Mr. Coelho asserts, they will come to understand.
The pure joy we found in them.
As our single greatest achievement.