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.
I read this in a book four times. I tried to memorize it but I could not. I could not believe this. I could not believe that this could possibly be true. Could this possibly be true?
I believe it.
I'm sure most parents mean the best, after all, they are only trying to protect their children, to guard them. But still, they can smudge. There are other parents. Parents who smudge, crack, shatter, who do all of the above. I am not sure why parents do such things. I am not sure why it can't be helped. I am sure only smudges are left on my glass. And yours?