“I do not know many people who think they have succeeded as parents.
Those who do tend to cite the markers that indicate (their own) status
in the world: the Stanford degree. . . .
Those of us less inclined to compliment ourselves on our parenting skills,
in other words most of us, recite rosaries of our failures,
our neglects, our derelictions and delinquencies.”
~ Joan Didion, Blue Nights