Mother’s Juggling Act

“Incessant acrobatic feat–to keep five people of different ages and personalities, all living under the same roof, from stepping on each other’s feet. Talk about keeping five balls in the air at the same time! That was nothing compared to keeping five people satisfied to live with each other, to provide each one with approximately what he needed and wanted without taking away something needed by one of the others. (Arithmetically considered, there were of course six people living under that roof. But she did not count. She was the mother. She took what she got, what was left…)”

– Dorothy Canfield Fisher, As Ye Sow–

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