Welcome to the club of parental deceit, child. It’s a lonely place, but, that’s the price of being clever.[to Trixie]
Sometimes the best way to protect your children is to let them believe you’ve stopped.[quoting Maghra]
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.
One day, a long time from now, you’re gonna meet someone who’s better than me. He’s gonna be stronger and handsomer and even better at board games than me. And when you find him, when you find that guy, that’s the guy you’re gonna marry. Oh, and he’s one lucky guy, the guy that gets to marry you, Katie girl. And your mom and me, we’re gonna be there, you know. Just to check him out. Make sure he’s as good at board games as you think that he is. And, assuming that he is, I’ll get to walk you down the aisle. And I may even cry a little.[to Kate]
My baby girl. You are wrong. We don’t live in different worlds. You and your brother are the only world that I have lived in since the day you were born. My children, I’m as blind as anyone. But I see you both. I will never stop seeing you.
I have no interest in being a father myself. I always presumed that I was unfit to be one. And then I found myself one night staring down an alley at this little boy quite literally shaking with fear. I don’t know, it’s funny, isn’t it, what life throws you? I’m keenly aware that I am not Master Bruce’s flesh and blood, but it’s the moments… The little things, like when he uses a skill that I once taught him, or we laugh at a joke that only he and I share. Those have been some of the most ecstatic moments of my life. Nothing can possibly prepare you for that joy.