All About the journey
Steve Jobs once famously said, “The journey is the reward.” The maxim was conceived as a motivational tool for budding entrepreneurs, but I like to think that this phrase sums up parenting in all its glory ( Can You Ever Be A Perfect Parent?, Jun 10). Parenthood seems to revolve around little else but incessant tears and sleepless nights to please bawling tots. Many of us dread this stage and, yet, if you were to ask any parent whether they envy their childless peers, the answer is a resounding no.
I too remember the one time my son had slipped away from my grasp in a popular hypermarket that ironically rhymes with snafu. The memory still makes my hair stand on end. After what felt like eternity ( probably the better part of 30 minutes), I was greeted with a relieving sight. There was my son, chatting up an equally interested official ( who had graciously treated him to an ice cream), and looking like he’d have happily stayed put till all his milk teeth fell out. Later, he told me that he was a ‘ big boy now, so there was no need for daddy to worry anymore.’ Those words struck home like a bullet. The trick