The following is of a more personal nature than I usually share on AstronoMerrdiff. If you would like to reach out and discuss it further, I welcome you to contact me by email.
“Becoming a parent will change your life.”
It’s something all expecting parents hear with increasing regularity until their child arrives. And it’s true! I believed it before I became a parent, and I believe it now. But believing something intellectually is different from living it with your heart.
Figuring out parenthood involves a lot of reflecting on childhood.
My first glimpse of how a parent’s universe centers their child came when my mother was dying. She set three goals: short-term, mid-term, and long-term. I was floored to hear they all had one thing in common. Me. She accomplished the first, which was to see me graduate from high school. (She didn’t live to see me graduate from college, and I haven’t traveled to space just yet.)
With my mom at high school graduation. June 2004, Richland, WA.
Parenthood is also interesting from a biological perspective. From early in pregnancy, fetal DNA makes its way into a parent’s tissues, and it never leaves. Growing a person inside you ...