The alchemy of parenthood

The alchemy of parenthood is so mysterious…It’s as though we were working long repetitive shifts on an assembly line, and in the end we had the Sistine Chapel.

– Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

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  1. Amy
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Love this quote and love Anna Quindlen. I read her book a couple of weeks before my wedding and wanted to quote one of her passages on marriage in my vows but alas, the Priest wouldn’t permit personalization. 🙂

  2. Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh my…this is exquisite. Yes, this surely captures the journey of parenthood. It’s interesting, too, that I feel as though already on my path of parenthood, I have moments (or seasons) of working on the assembly line and awe-struck observing the Sistine Chapel. A lovely way of looking at this journey. Love, Lisa

  3. Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Ah! Love it! Haven’t started her new book yet. . . it’s in the pile. . . .

  4. Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    And in the true alchemy of such creative undoing and remaking it is our soul Selves that is illuminated with that sheltering sky of a ceiling, as much mirror as memory.

  5. Posted June 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Aaaahhhh!!!! Oh my goodness!!