One Day It Will Be Your Turn
Following in the vein of previous postings detailing how important it is to take life by the horns and live with verve, news of Dana Reeve’s passing was shocking. Christopher Reeve’s widow, in her early forties, died yesterday of lung cancer. Remarkably she never touched a cigarette and lived in the country, so pollution was never a factor. Reeve’s death highlights the importance of why you should say what you mean, do what you dream and enjoy every moment. Ask yourself the pivotal question, “If I was given the news of my impending demise, would I feel I lived life fully?” Revise your priorities and make the move to be happy more and regretful less; say what you mean; grasp at love; make today count. As we remember a remarkable woman, who in her short life did so much to prove life can be lived with dignity, we also take a moment to recognize her positive energy as a quality we must all aspire to possess. Ultimately, your turn will come.
My DC family was invited to join me for a festive dutch lunch at the National Press Club on April 14. That lunch venue has been changed to the Daily Grill. Those planning to attend should let me know by the end of this month, so that we can adjust the reservation. In addition, go ahead and give the boss a heads-up on taking a longer lunch – I’d really love to enjoy a lunch that doesn’t feel too rushed. Hope to see you all there.
On Your Own
Statistics show that 18.2 percent of American households are run by single parents. That means that 13 million children have one consistent parental figure in the household. This may be due to the decline in folks finding the strength and wherewithal to fight to make their marriages work. It is estimated that 51% of marriages end in divorce. Single mom households make up 84% of the single parent households. To be fair, there are 2.1 million single father households in America. In custody hearings following divorce, statistics show that 2 out of 10 fathers are granted joint custody.
They might change, right? Many single parents refuse to have the other parent take part in their children’s lives to avoid any negative impact, disappointment or disillusion to the children; while some parents use their children as pawns or tools to get the financial or emotional leverage in the interaction with the other parent. In the end, each family environment offers a variety of scenarios that lend credence to allowing the participation of both parents or excluding one for the betterment of the children. First, should parents that have a negative track record with regard to the children, be given future chances to redeem themselves and make their relationship with the children work? If so, realistically, when should you give up on trying to include the other parent in your children’s lives? Does the very nature of being a biological parent entitle someone to be given unlimited chances to make a relationship with their children work?
Keep passin’ the open windows…