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We love our children and as we welcome them into the world our entire lives shift toward them and their well being. We worry and sometimes we overstep our bounds instead of standing back and watching even if we don't like what we see.
In some cases, as parents we can no longer remain as one. Our arguments become fights and the gloves come off and we can't take back the ugly things we have done and the hurtful things we have said. We lose our love for each other but we keep our love for our children. We carry the guilt of the mornings they wake up and can't see both their parents and the nights they go to bed and can't see both their parents.
Sometimes we stay together even if we don't want to anymore because what we want and what our children need are two very different things.
We always love our children even when they make mistakes and say things that we try to forget. They are our children and we stand defiant against anyone who puts them down and makes them feel like they are anything less than amazing.
Every time we see their faces, we see love. Over the course of their childhood and especially in their teens, they often appear as strangers. We don't know why they did what they did or what they were thinking. We wonder why they made such a poor choice or acted upon something in a destructive manner. Sometimes we talk it out and ask the questions we are afraid to ask no matter what the response may be.
They make their choices - the real choices - the ones that take their lives from one stage to the next. They choose their careers, their partners and we hope they carry with them the values we worked so hard to instill. We hope they have learned to like themselves for who they truly are, who they have become even if we still haven't managed to like or find ourselves.
Sometimes they choose the right partners to share their lives with and other times they do not. Sometimes even if all is well we don't necessarily agree with their choice of partner. We can't explain it but something doesn't feel right. Just the same, we stand off in a corner and watch the black and white filmstrip fall further toward the ground.
A baby is born and this time around you are a grandparent. It's an incredible experience because you see so much of your children in your grandchildren and you are given one of life's greatest gifts; another chance at unconditional love.
You watch your children become parents and walk the same road that you did in what seems to be only yesterday but that yesterday is far off in the past. They make mistakes, they hurt, they love their children and they learn. You witness them and their children in the same trial and error that is the chess game of life.
And it goes on and on. Your family grows. There is always someone arriving and there is always someone leaving. There is always something to celebrate and there is always something to mourn.
But somehow, someway, we manage to bring it all together and make it happen. It's complicated this thing called life and it's a testament to who we are as people but most especially as parents.
From the very first moment of their lives and from the very last moment of ours, we live through our children and inevitably they live through us.
And what better way to bring everyone together for fun, love and laughter than a family vacation?
We'll plan it from the moment you depart to the moment you return so you can just sit back and enjoy yourselves.
Voyages Groupe Ideal - Ideal Travel
We share family moments - We share travel
"Now that's love!"
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