They say when a parent dies, a child feels his own mortality. But when a child dies, it’s immortality that a parent loses.
Listen, children. I know that the loss of your parents was a great tragedy, but you can still have the life they wanted for you.
We are not husband and wife, anymore. We’re just business partners. And our job is to raise those kids.[to Wendy]
Parents expect everything from their children. And then they die and what they expect ceases to matter.
Parents do not have needs. You ever read the book The Giving Tree? It’s about a tree, and this kid keeps coming and taking stuff from it his whole life, until there’s nothing left but a stump. And then the kid sits on the stump. That’s being a parent.
You know when you’re drawing a cat or a house and you picture that cat or that house in your mind and it looks so perfect but you just can’t get your hand to live up to that picture in your head? That’s what it’s like to be a parent. You picture how you want to be and it’s so wonderful and flawless, but you can’t ever live up to that picture you imagined.