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My favorite quote was from a Steve Martin movie called "Parenthood".

While the movie itself was not all that memorable how grandma explains her philosophy  of why we become parents is something I'll always remember.

Comparing having kids to a roller coaster ride, at first thought, might take a giant leap of imagination. But after all I've gone through as a father of a large family, nothing has given me greater joy and yes an occasional sorrow as my children. What a ride it's been, and I would try to go on that roller coaster again if only age hasn't finally caught up to me.

Here's grandma's quote:

"You know when I was 19 grandpa took me on a roller coaster.

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Oh, what a ride.

I always wanted to go again.

It was interesting to me that a ride would make me so frightened, so sacred, so sick, so excited and so thrilled altogether.

Some didn't like it, they went on the merry go-round. That just goes around, nothing.

I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it."

Maybe, grandma figured out why we have kids. What do you think? If you e-mail me an interesting comment, I will post it on this page.

BELOW ARE E-MAILED COMMENTS ABOUT GRANDMA'S PHILOSOPHY:

JCB WROTE:
"I agree with Grandma. Parenthood is the most incredible ride I've ever been on. I think of it is as the Gift/Burden. Being a parent is the GREATEST GIFT I've ever been given. It is also the GREATEST BURDEN. Not a burden in a  negative sense. Just the greatest responsibility. The combination is awe inspiring.

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

Thank you to my children, their spouses and families and my grandchildren who have made life exciting, never boring, entertaining, and most importantly, more meaningful than it could ever possibly have been without them. Thank you to my local Department of Social Services and the social workers who have made my family possible. Not only have you helped my children's lives but you have enormously improved mine.

 

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