Parenthood is anything but glamorous. The triumph of our kids’ success — and the call to shepherd their difficulties — define the extremes of our experience. As important are the multitude of routine moments of fostering our children towards a fruitful life. Bedtime ritual for little ones, infusing belief in the ability to navigate tough homework assignments, and offering direction during adolescence all include the stuff of ordinary time — which in turn helps to nurture our extraordinary children. The stories of Olympic athletes offer an opportunity to showcase the universal support born from kitchen table encouragement.
Now that my kids are grown, the moment-to-moment ministry of care is much more sporadic. I rest my case in the details of raising them, but I delight and appreciate those who are in the midst of it all. Hearing others steer through small struggles and big challenges leaves me with an even greater appreciation for what it means to parent. Mr. Kim reminded me of how remarkable the backdrop of parenting can be. I wonder what kind of snacks he brought?
Anne Marie Romer is a regular contributor.