To Our Readers

Most of US do parenting, whether we have children or not. A couple I know, for instance, have no kids of their own. But in their travel agency business, they've virtually "adopted" all of us who are their clients. It's hard to imagine that any parents could be more solicitous about seeing that people get where they need to go in the safest, best way.

Many a time, too, our children mothered and fathered my husband and me. Like the day I thought I'd done badly on my first graduate school exam. My five-year-old daughter stuck a note on my mirror that I kept for years. "Don't worry, Mom," it said. "Enjoy your week in school." Or like the time our son took five months off from college to help me when I was sick.

The natural ability we all have to nurture others—to care for and about them—is actually a spiritual gift. It comes from God, the Parent of us all.

February 5, 2001

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