Wouldn't it be nice if life gave us parents a break while our kids are little? I mean, we are responsible for turning rambunctious, squirrely, careless kids, who don't listen, into well-behaved and thoughtful members of society, which sometimes can seem like an unattainable goal. And we have to do this, even while the other aspects of life continue to throw roadblocks at us in rapid-fire succession.
Wouldn't it be nice if you, as a parent, could put the rest of your life on standby, so you wouldn't have to deal with all the flat tires, and the leaky faucets, and the sumac trees that are invading your lawn, and the mice that seem to keep finding a way into your house, and the woodpecker that makes a new, different, hole in your siding every year, and the city that tells you that the simple fix you are doing to your house requires a permit that you didn't get so now you owe twice as much as you originally would have if you had realized that you needed a permit for such a silly thing in the first place, and the transmission on the van that would cost almost as much as you paid for the entire van, and the mess in the garage that you have let accumulate over the past several months so now there isn't any room in the garage for either of your vehicles, and so on and so on.
Why can't we just focus on raising awesome kids for a few years, and then come back to the other parts of life when the kids move out? I guess we probably should have realized we would be in this mess when we decided to have kids. It probably would be a good life lesson to teach the 2- and 3-year-old right now - that life doesn't stop, no matter what you've got going on. I think I'll sit them down and have a nice talk with them about it, as soon as they come in from cleaning out the garage.