--Peter De Vries
A friend of mine is thirty-six. She lives in the San Francisco area in a lovely craftsman style home with her husband and some cats. She teaches composition at a community college. She is all at once brilliant, kind, and pretty. She is fence sitting on the issue of having children, if at all. She doesn't feel ready.
Part of me wants to take her by the hand and show her the way. But how can I show her, really? That children are life's lesson. The lesson. That children, despite drippy diapers, late night teething, and Kindergarten homework, teach you more than any college degree, book, or library of books? The secret is this:
Nothing prepares you to have children.