old (2010), Uncategorized

through the children’s gate

My own dad—father of six, grandfather of fourteen—said once that the greatest difference in life is between having children at (so to speak) twenty and having them at (so to speak) forty. When we’re twenty they are just there, smaller fellow climbers on the same mountain; at forty, we have been up the mountain once already, and we become their Sherpas, carrying their equipment, checking their oxygen supply, hoisting them up to the peak and telling them they did it all themselves, just as generations of Sherpas did for generations of Englishmen.—From Adam Gopnick’s Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York