You Should Value Your Children Getting Married Over Getting Into a Good College!
The second of my two sons got married last week, and it prompted me to consider the question: What brings parents more joy: their child getting into a prestigious college or their child getting married (presumably to a good person)?
Three things prompted this question: my joy and pride, the joy of those who attended the wedding and the number of people who attended.
First, my joy and pride.
From a very early age, using a happiness scale of one to 10, I have never aimed to be a 10. I always assumed that those who experience 10s are also likely to experience threes. So, I have hoped and aimed to be a constant 7.5. That I have achieved this has been an enormous source of emotional stability in my life -- and much appreciated by my wife, friends and colleagues. Someone who is a consistent 7.5 is generally a pleasure to be around.
So, it was with some surprise when I realized, on the day of my son's wedding, that I was as close to a 10 as I've ever experienced.
It prompted me to review the epic days of my life.
With regard to one's children, for most people those days are:
The birth of one's child(ren).
The marriage of one's child(ren).
The birth of one's grandchild(ren).