My Retirement Party May 2008
I have no idea how to raise children.
I had no idea how to teach school.
The two enormous responsibilities I had as a woman came without a playbook:
as a mother and as a teacher.
My husband and I have 3 adult daughters who are smarter, funnier, cooler, and wiser than we ever were at their age .
They are relentless and kind and someone you want on a sinking ship or in a fight or when your heart is broken.
My husband and I may not be wiser after all of these years, but we have been there, done that, done it wrong, laughed about it, and done it again.
In fact- though we feel a little pistol whipped at times-
we’re not bad on a sinking ship or in a fight either.
For some reason today, I thought of two memorable child rearing questions my parents asked me as a young girl-
“Have you been sitting on the hoods of cars?”
”Did you learn anything?”
I did have a playbook.