When you love something with your whole heart, you worry that you will lose it. Learning to navigate that worry, to silence that particularly lethal version of fear without also killing the blissfulness of love, is the challenge of parenthood.
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But here is my secret: I am a liar too. Or I was, for much of my life. I remember the moment when I realized that I had a hand in what type of reality another would live by. That I could carve out my own secret nook beneath others’ expectations and exist in that delicious, sovereign space.