At Christmas Tim and I watched “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.” It’s a Jim Henson tv special Tim remembered from childhood, and he wanted me to see it. It doesn’t take much to make me cry these days, and this show totally made me cry. It was so sweet to see people”(otters in this case) who have so little and still are so willing to give and make sacrifices for each other.
I was touched by the story in part because it made me think about how completely innocent and pure Adelaide is right now. She has never sinned; she’s never lied or intentionally hurt anyone. She is a blank slate. I know I am going to be responsible (with Tim’s help of course) for teaching Adelaide right from wrong. I want her to be a considerate, giving person.
So far, I have done very little parenting. The work I’ve done the last nine months could be described as nurturing or mothering, but for me, I see parenting more about raising the child, teaching, disciplining etc… We haven’t had to do much of that yet.
On this Father’s Day, I’m so grateful for the parenting I’ve received, for the parenting my husband has received. I still have a lot to learn, but I guess I’ll continue to take it one step at a time.
Happy first Father’s Day to my Tim and a big thank you to my dad, my father-in-law and all the other dads out there.