The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. For those with kids, that figure leads to fantasies about all the money we could have banked. But $160,140.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down. What do you get for your money? Naming rights – first, middle, last. Glimpses of God every day. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles. Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or happened at work today. You never have to grow up. You can catch lightning bugs and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to keep: watching Saturday morning cartoons, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows and get handprints in clay for Mother’s Day and cards with backwards letters on Father’s Day. You get to be a hero for taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaching a baseball team that never wins. You get a front seat to history to witness the first step, the first word, the first date, the first time behind the wheel. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communication, and human sexuality that no college can match. You rank up there with God. You have the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. So enjoy your children and grandchildren!!!
Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.