Compare and contrast:
Six years…don’t they go by in a blink?
I could say the usual stuff about how tough being a parent can be at times, but that it’s all worth it in the end, but it has been said so often that it becomes sort of a Hallmark platitude. In reality, there’s really no advice or third-party wisdom that can prepare you for having kids. But when they put that wrapped little bundle in your hands for the first time at the hospital, you’ll know that something profound has just happened–that you’ve just transitioned from the two of us to family, and that your own well-being and happiness will never be your first priority again. This is not because you’re now obliged to take charge of this new life and make it your most important job (although you are), but because you’ll find that your child’s well-being and happiness is a necessary precondition for your own.
Happy birthday, Quinn.