Friday, March 13, 2009
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
This week is spring break at the University of Florida so the Sokol family has been spending time in DC with my parents. During this visit, I am reminded that there is one area in which there is no competition - how much a mother can worry about her child (in my case, a 34 year old who is married and has to kids of his own).
My mother worries that:
1. I am too thin and therefore I must not be eating enough. Yes, I am 155 lbs and 6'3 and therefore by medical standards under-weight but I have weighed 152 lbs since around 16. This has been a common complaint ever since I went off to college.
2. Even if it is warm outside during the day, I am not dressing warmly enough.
3. I do not sleep enough (tough with small children)
4. I do not worry enough about these issues
I suspect that mothers around the world share the concerns of my mother regarding their own children.