Quotation by Mary Kay Blakely

How can one explain all the time and thought that goes into raising a child, all the opportunities for mistakes, all the chances to recover and try again? How does one break the news that nothing permanent can be formed in an instant—children are not weaned, potty trained, taught manners, introduced to civilization in one or two tries—as everyone imagined.
Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 3 (1994).
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