Will our children ever appreciate the stress they are to us parents?
The normal morning traffic outside my daughters’ schools. Our two youngest girls are in primary and secondary schools which, luckily or unluckily, are next to each other.
As many parents can testify, the traffic build up around schools in the mornings and when school finishes can be quite bad, and often nerve wracking.
This morning I watched more closely the parents as they dropped off their kids, give some last minute instructions, etc. and the other cars patiently lining up waiting their turn. Drivers of cars of all shapes, colours and types, buses, MPV’s and an occasional commercial vehicle all doing their daily duty in the name of their children.
I am luckier than most. I don’t have other pressing appointments after dropping off the kids. But not all parents are as lucky as I am. Some have to rush back for some other chore or other while others continue on to work. Some drivers are cool and relaxed, others try to cut in and speed off and yet others seem to have completely no idea that there are many other cars behind them.
Another hazard, though a rare one! A waste lorry getting caught in the traffic and giving us all an unwanted aroma!
All in all, I can safely say that dropping off the kids in the morning and picking them up after school can be pretty stressful. I wonder if the children would ever appreciate the stress the parents go through on their behalf.
Many months ago, I wrote a post about how the paying it forward concept relates to bringing up our children.
I mentioned a quote in that article:
“You don’t pay back your parents. You can’t. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It’s a sort of entailment. Or if you don’t have children of the body, it’s left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one”
So I understand and accept that my kids may not fully appreciate the tension that we have to go through. Though I am sure they are grateful that their Mama or Papa comes to pick them up, I am also sure they sort of assume that it’s the thing to do.
A paradigm shift will take place when the time comes for them to send their kids to school. That is when, maybe, just maybe, they’ll be truly grateful for what their parents did for them.
They may not be able to pay us back, but they’ll pay to their children!