My daughter Maria has been through more than a few things in her young life. She arrived back in 2000 with a cleft lip and palate and she's had to undergo a number of surgical procedures over the course of her life to deal with this issue. Tomorrow morning she does so again, this time to have a bone graft in her upper jaw. We'll be at Gillette Children's tomorrow morning for the surgery and she should be home on Friday.
I give Maria a lot of credit, because she's been a pretty good sport about all the hassles she's had to endure. She's an amazingly tough-minded kid and she doesn't really feel sorry for herself. One of the things that I've noticed is that children, for all the gaps in the knowledge and all the fears they have, are often better at adapting to challenges than some adults are. Maria is that way and we see a lot of resilience every time we go to Gillette. You see something that might break your heart every time you go there, but you also see a lot of hope and even more joy.
As a parent it is your responsibility to teach your children, to impart the hard-got wisdom you've gained over the course of your life. But I'm convinced that Maria has taught me more than I'll ever be able to teach her.