Raymond Carver was an American short story writer and poet. (1938-1988)
A passage that really resonates with me and probably quite a few parent writers, comes from his short storyFires.
“But I remember thinking at that moment, amid the feelings of helpless frustration that had me close to tears, that nothing –and, brother, I mean nothing — that ever happened to me on this earth could come anywhere close, could possibly be as important to me, could make as much difference, as the fact that I had two children. And that I would always have them and always find myself in the position of unrelieved responsibility and permanent distraction.”
Let that sink in for a few minutes. I know I have.