Monday, August 25, 2008

An American Ritual

Every Sunday evening in parking lots across our country a ritual unfolds.

A car drives in and parks next to another. A man climbs out of his car and opens the passenger door. Children climb out.

Hugs are exchanged.

A woman climbs out of the other car and opens her passenger doors. The children take a one last look at their dad and climb into mom's car.

In the best cases a few pleasantries are exchanged. Sometimes the parents can't manage even that.

They drive away only to repeat the ritual in two weeks.


We Happy 3 said...

I know it's hard, but I am THANKFUL for those moments. It take a big person to really step up and be a parent. Thanks for being a wonderul Father, Husband, Brother and Son.

We Happy 3 said...

...and friend!!!

Judy said...

Ah, the American way - what a great legacy.