I was four months pregnant and my son was eleven months old.  My son and I trekked out to the Atlanta airport to wish my grandparents and my dad, who was driving them, a farewell after a fun family wedding.

My dad arrived before I did and waited as I got out of the car.  I was in my husband’s SUV and I did not climb out gracefully.  Dad waited patiently as I gathered the umpteen-million things I thought I needed to carry with me because I had a baby.

My son was fussy getting out of the car and we struggled as I tried to get his wriggly self into his carrier.  My dad just stood there, characteristically quiet.

I was frustrated, tired, and weary of the hassle it now took me to accomplish even the simplest tasks.

“It’s not easy, you know,” I told him.

“Who said it’s supposed to be?” he replied.

Indeed.

4 Responses to “It’s Not Easy, But It Might Be Simpler Than I Realize”

  1. on 30 Jan 2013 at 7:24 amVictoria

    Your best blog yet! Profound and a helpful reminder to all of us. Our Dad’s taught us more then we ever give them credit for or sometimes remember! Thanks Kristine.

  2. on 30 Jan 2013 at 10:30 amKatherine

    Indeed.

  3. on 30 Jan 2013 at 10:47 amCarl Peterson

    And let me hope that I can learn that from my Dad and others. Even as they get older it is hard to just let them experience and learn. Guilty. But getting better and this helped. Thanks Kristine.

  4. on 01 Feb 2013 at 11:18 pmSusan

    Your daddy is a wise man!

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