“There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies,” said Winston Churchill.
One of my favorite, if quirky, quotes regarding family.
Here is another, with a twist of cynicism: “Everybody knows how to raise children,” quipped P.J. O’Rourke, “except the people who have them.”
Cynicism aside, I know some great families here in the Harbor. Still, some of the finest, most successful parents I know will readily admit that their families are far from perfect. But they have my respect because they have been in the battle, and some of their stories are fascinating. You probably have some stories you could share. We can learn from one another.
Parents, may I extend to you an invitation to the free Gig Harbor community three-part series for folks “in the battle” called “Strengthening the Family.”
This will be a fun and fact-filled series of interactive discussions led by some outstanding presenters, in the informal setting of a gymnasium filled with round tables. All are invited to attend and participate, sharing your own parenting experiences and learning from others. Each workshop is on a Saturday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. with refreshments and visiting to follow.
▪ Saturday, Oct. 22, led by Jared Jones, executive leadership consultant, “A Vision of Family Goals and Purpose” and Wendy Rawling, parents and children counselor, “Understanding Child Development”
▪ Saturday, Oct. 29, Jim Tisch, CEO of iQ Technologies, “Comfortably Numb – Effective Parenting in the Technology Age”
▪ Saturday, Nov. 5, Dr. Richard Himmer, personal wellness coach, and Cheri Himmer, educator, “Heaven on Earth – Effective Communication in the Family”
While hosted at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at its new building on 12002 Peacock Hill Ave NW, Gig Harbor, the free event is not a preaching or proselyting effort of the church, but a public service for Gig Harbor families, with the simple goal of strengthening families. Series contact person for information is Meridith Hatch at 253-973-1588.
I appreciate the initiative of those who have planned this event and the kindness of the professionals who are volunteering their expertise without remuneration.
On different note, one blogging mother’s message caught my attention this week, as she shared introspection. Kristyn Morgan, in an article published in the Deseret News, acknowledged the sweet normality of her life as a mother. “I like my life. I like being a mom,” she wrote. “I like the mundane (except cooking — never cooking). I like waking up in the morning and planning what I’m going to organize, what errands I’ll run, whom I will talk to, how I will serve. I find joy in my 15 minutes of religious study and my half hour of morning yoga.
“I like making a cup of hot chocolate for my daughter and handing it to her as she walks out the door. I like morning prayers and a kiss with my husband, and the sound of my boys coming home from school. I like calls from my college sons and lunch with my mom. I like good talks with friends, the chance to serve with good people and meaningful worship every Sunday.
“Sure, I have hard times and worry and stress. There are stages in life I’m not eager to repeat, and I spend my fair share of sleepless nights trying to solve the world’s (or the marching band’s) problems. It’s not that I don’t have big aspirations of my own. Someday I would like to be a speaker and a writer, go on a religious or humanitarian trip and travel the world. Someday.
“But for now, these “small” things are enough.”