I know that when a child does not have that, does not feel that. They never get over it. They are forever changed...incomplete inside and out. I know that unhappy feelings are at the top of the worst feelings pile. And no matter how hard that child tries they can't erase the feeling of not having those little little little things that mean so much much much.
I know some things for sure. That when we sign up to parent there is no substitute for showing up.
I know that unhappy children grow up to become unhappy adults.
We never know how long we will be granted the gift of being able to parent. Life is short and nothing about it promised. So what we do with our time as parent is the best gift we have or can give our children.
Featured is a child who lost her mother. The photo speaks for itself.