Earlier today, my doctor pointed out a harsh reality: we never really stop worrying about our kids. It’s not just 18 years of dependency, but a lifetime. (Yes, I was aware of this before, but it’s even clearer when someone with grown children points it out). He called it “permanent dependency”. At a time when your main concerns should be your fiber intake and what Medicare supplement carrier to choose, your kids are having kids themselves, and you’ve got a whole new set of things to worry about. But just like the worries multiply, so do the joys. I saw it in my mother’s eyes, as she watched me interact with my children on Sunday. She thinks I was too busy to notice, but I did. While her heart swelled with pride, mine did too, hoping I can do the same for my children as she’s done for me.