Saturday, August 04, 2007

The # One Job


"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much."

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


(And there is no mandatory retirement age for this job – although your children might wish one existed.)

14 comments:

Beth said...

Oh Beth...how true....how true. It's the only good thing I've ever done in my life.

Beth said...

beth:
I'm sure you've done many good things in your life!
I just happen to believe this is the most important job we do.
And, ultimately, the most satisfying and rewarding - more so than the achievement of status, wealth and material goods.

Lainey-Paney said...

Lainey-Paney's prayer on parenthood:

Dear Lord,
PLEASE don't let me screw this up!
~Lainey-Paney

Beth said...

lainey-paney;
You won't - you love that little guy so much. You're a great mom!

Eileen said...

I love that saying and I believe it with all my heart and soul. I remind myself of this all of the time when the other crazy things in life start to mess with my head and get me side tracked. Thanks for this reminder, I can never hear it enough! XOXO

Beth said...

eileen:
It seems crazy that we have to remind ourselves of this, right?
But, yeah, other (yucky) stuff in life just keeps happening...
We just have to keep our perspective - and our priorities straight.

Shari said...

I have to agree. We make mistakes. We are human. All I ask is that my kids know right from wrong and are compassionate to others. Then I know I did my job right.

BTW, I don't think one ever "retires" from parenthood. My mom still worries about us kids and we've flown the nest a long time ago. A parent just never stops worrying. :)

Beth said...

shari:
To worry, to worry well and to worry for as long as you live are all part of the job description!

Dorky Dad said...

Jackie O said that? I guess that HER children turned out fine, though too bad for junior.

Maybe she was directing that comment at some in-laws of hers.

Mike M said...

It's the best job out there too!! I wouldn't trade it for anything

Beth said...

dorky dad:
You're right - some of the "cousins" did not fare so well.

mike:
It is the best, isn't it?
The rewards far exceed the frustrations.

karen said...

this is one of my favorite quotes. i fall in love with it again every time i hear it. and a great pic to go along with it!

Pavel said...

Wonderful quote! I've got three and try not to mess up too often.

Beth said...

pavel:
That's the goal! We're going to make mistakes - just have to do our best to minimize them.

karen:
Glad you like the picture - it's of two of my kids!