Anyone who claims to know how to raise children to be good men and women is lying. Most parents do the best they can. Then, there are a few people who are living proof that a parenting license test should be implemented. Hell, the damage you can do in a car accident is minor compared to how bad parenting can wreak havoc.
The marvelously talented Hans Gutknecht took this picture today of Ronda, Justin Flores, who is coaching her in judo leading up to her world title defense, and Josh Ramirez who was training with her.
It occurred to me that I remember when everyone in it was born (except me) and I was very happy today seeing what fine people they had grown up to be.
My four wonderful children are doing wonderfully well at the moment so people ask me for advice. To quote Shayna Baszler,
I will not share with you the answers that I have not got.
I asked Jake (Justin's dad) what he thought, and he said,
I tried my best.
Which sounds a lot like Shayna's answer.
Today, I was driving by a huge billboard advertising Special Olympics and I thought to myself,
I'm so achievement-oriented, I don't think I would be a good parent for a child with a disability.
It was several miles down the road before it occurred to me that I had one child who had epilepsy and another who had developmental delays and required years of speech therapy. Never for one second did I consider either of them to have a disability. I just wasn't having it. This makes it sound like I thought things through, but not really.
It just never occurred to me that my children were anything short of amazing in every way. That is one thing that I know Justin's parents, Josh's parents and I did have in common.
If you think all parents think that way, I can assure you that they do not.