parenting, personal

This Too Shall Pass

Yet again I’ve written a short piece over at the Rock & Sling blog about sleep patterns and adapting as a parent.  Each kid is different and unique, and the circumstances change and development occurs so rapidly: I have to be ready for anything.  I can never think I have it all figured out as a parent.

As I say in the essay, my wife reminds me again and again that “this too shall pass.”  The evergreen saying comes from Abraham Lincoln, who was passing along ancient wisdom.

From Lincoln’s Address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, September 30, 1859.

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! — how consoling in the depths of affliction! “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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