While I’ve been away, I’ve tried to keep my mind off missing you, your mother, and Kili by meeting up with old friends for meals. And for the ones who don’t have kids, the topic eventually turns to just that, often asking, “How do you know you’re ready?”
“That’s a good question, I don’t know.”
Then they ask, “Well, how do you know you’ll be a good parent?”
As I thought about my answer, I realized my response has evolved over the years. My answer, when you were just born, was to skim some baby books and goto baby classes with your partner. Then two years went by and now my answer is if you’re asking that question, you’re probablyHey going to be a good parent. It means you care and I think that will carry a parent further along than any recommended course or book because you’ll probably seek out those books anyway.
I don’t think I’ll ever fully feel like I know what I’m doing, and I’m convinced no first-time parent does. Anyone that tells me otherwise, I think is a liar.
I know your mother and I are consumed with that question, and always wondering whether we are good parents or doing the right thing. We might not get it right every time, but I’m confident it’ll all turn out just fine.