Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Defining parenthood

The dictionary definition:

par⋅ent⋅hood [pair-uhnt-hood, par-] –noun: 1. the state, position, or relation of a parent; 2. the role of one who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.

The more realistic definition:

par⋅ent⋅hood [pair-uhnt-hood, par-] –noun: 1. a harrowing season of life in which a married human male and female are constantly challenged by immature, small people that eat everything and create messes; 2. a cause for great fear; 3. a cause for great hope; 4. the primary driver for the invention of Advil; 5. a role for which no book can fully prepare you; 6. the primary driver behind the invention of industrial strength spot remover; 7. the most humbling thing on earth.