Alex is the daughter of my husband's brother and his wife, and for the past few weeks I have been keeping her while her parents are at work.
The other day, when Diane, Alex's mom, picked her up, she was telling me that there are three things she wants to make sure Alex learns: to swim, to speak Spanish, and to type.
There was a part of me that had to smile. Here was this little tiny girl, who can't even sit up yet, and her mom is already planning for her future. But then there was the part of me that thought, "Well, good for you! There are still parents in the world that think about these things!"
From the moment I found out that Eddie and Diane were expecting a baby, I knew that this kid would be smart. Her parents are both very intelligent, they have a solid marriage, they compliment each other wonderfully (Ed is loud and dramatic while Diane is quiet and calm, which is the exact opposite of Tony and me--I'm the loud, dramatic one at our house!), they have varied interests, and they're just fun and interesting people. I knew that their baby would have parents who loved her immensely and took an interest in raising her into a well-rounded, competent person.
But the sad fact is that so many parents these days don't think in the long term for their children. They do their best to just get through, day by day.