Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How to know if you are ready to be a parent

Remember all those programs that made teenagers go home with an egg for a week pretending it was their baby, trying not to break it? Or baby dolls with timers hidden in their plastic bellies to send them crying in the middle of the night? The idea was to try to show kids how difficult it is to be a parent. Unfortunately, they had it all wrong.

Here's what you need to be ready to do:

Walking on the hiking trail with our son, he stops us for the 2 billionth time. “Daddy! Daddy! A hole!” he trills.

My husband turns without the first hint of bitterness, and walks back 500 feet to where Isaac is standing. He looks down, the man who biked through Wales and Ireland, stood on the equator of the earth, programs robots that drive along the floor of the Pacific Ocean, and with passionate enthusiasm says, “Wow! A hole in the ground!”

Forget lost sleep, the years of weighty responsibility. If you are wondering if parenthood is for you, think instead of this.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Dear Gov. Schwarzenegger:

Please don't close the California State Parks.

Love, Isaac

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