“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.”
Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
I read this book years ago but was reminded of this quote today after a lengthy talk with a friend about families and childhood and growing up. The scary thing that I took from it was the fact that we are essentially products of what we have been and experienced and you can be the best parent ever, but you’ll still put little prints and smudges on your child’s upbringing, whether it is intentional or not.