Two links in twelve hours that have made me teary:
Emily's images of summer
What should every four-year-old know?
Obviously you could argue that only a pregnant woman would read an article about early learning and well up, and you would probably be right. That's part of it. But the other part is this: Moms spend so much of the time worrying about banality - is he drinking too much juice? Watching too much Elmo? Do we practice writing his letters enough? Does he not know his colors because I've never told him the names of them? We want the ideal for our kids every minute of every day. We forget what a gift - a tremendous, life-altering gift - it is to just love and nurture them. My children know that not only do I love them, but as long as Brian and I are alive they will be safe, fed, read to, hugged, listened to, shown basic respect. Most of the time I forget that there are so many children who have no source of comfort, no assurance of safety. Our life as a family is not perfect, but honestly, it's a really good place for kids to grow up. In light of all that, who cares about apple juice?
Anyway, go read the links. They're really good.