Chapter 1 Repeater Days
“Wont to unlearn from history, we aptly repeat even its most brazen
Eskinder Nega
“Now it might be that your God is an uptight, judgmental
perfectionist…But a priest friend of mine has cautioned me away from the
standard God of our childhoods, who loves and guides you and then, if you
are bad, roasts you: God as high school principal in a gray suit who never
remembered your name but is always leafing unhappily through your files.
If this is your God, maybe you need to blend in the influence of someone
who is ever so slightly more amused by you, someone less anal.” Anne
I have heard it said that those of us who become
parents choose one of three pathways. We repeat the parenting
practice of our own parents. We totally rebel against the way
in which we were raised. Or healthiest of all, we intentionally
consider what we desire to keep from our parents’ ways and
what we want to change. The path chosen informs values
taught, faith expression passed along, and hundreds of daily
decisions that affect our children. Unless we choose the third
pathway, we mostly roll along living, as well as parenting, from
an unconscious place. As I entered into the early days of being
a mom, I was most often a repeater.
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