Friday, March 12, 2010

No Superglue or Duct Tape Needed

I've always been a big fan of quotes that speak to my heart and soul. Sometimes they relate to parenthood, sometimes just to life. I saw one today that still, even hours after first seeing it, is rattling around and around in my brain:

It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men. ~~ Frederick Douglass.

That has been my guiding principle for the last 17 years. That is the reason my dishes are allowed to sit in my sink; the reason my dogs are allowed to shed all over the place; the reason you'll find me at the ballpark every night from March through June; the reason I will set aside just enough money every week during football season--no matter what I need to sacrifice to do so-- for that post-game burger with my growing-up-too-quickly son.

I am determined NOT to send broken men into the world for someone else to fix.

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Cecily R said...

I have no doubt--NO doubt--that you never will.

Perfect GMYBPSF post SM!

Lolli said...

I love that quote. I seriously need to print that out and hang it up somewhere!

Huckdoll said...

Such an awesome quote and post. You're a gem and inspiration.

Melisa with one S said...

LOVE THIS. (p.s. Huckdoll sent me. :) )

bernthis said...

my ex isn't just broken , he is shattered and for that the blame lays square on the shoulders of his sorry excuse of a mother

Big Mark 243 said...

Your feelings and this quote reminds me of something I prolly read in a Reader's Digest.

It was about a family of 3 boys. The Mother complained to the Father one warm summer's evening that all their playing football and such was ruining the lawn.

The Father said, "We aren't raising grass. We are raising boys."

melissa said...

oh i love this post.

Iqra said...

Such a wonderful, magnificent, motivational post. I love it. You have awesome vision! :)