Jul. 14th, 2004

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Most of you know that Spouse and I are members of a Toastmasters Club. As we are both very competitive, we found that Toastmasters allows us to be competitive in a constructive way and not kill each other.

We attended our weekly meeting and I was the Table Topics Master. That means I prepared a list of, hopefully, insightful questions along the theme for the day, parenthood, and asked the members to respond to my questions.

Parenthood is hard.

I remember a comic strip from years ago, entitled, Broomhilda, where a forest animal was watering plants in his garden, talking to each plant, giving much love, with the impplication that his tender care had produced a beautiful and lush garden. Broomhilda, a witch, and part of the forest community was watching, in obvious view, and listening to her friend tend his garden. At one point, the forest animal said something like, "all it takes is a little water, some food, and a lot of love to raise a beautiful garden." Broomhilda thought to herself, "I wish he had raised me."

I think of that comic often, especially when Bug, (spouse calls her Pumpkin Girl) (She gave me permission to use that term of endearment) is being a bit difficult.

I thought of it this evening.

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