Are you a saint?

No. Saints are dead people who have made it to heaven. I’m still very much alive, although I may sleep, when I can, like the dead.

You must have a lot of patience.

Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. I yell at my kids a lot. They don’t hear me, so I don’t feel too badly about it. I hug and kiss my kids a lot too, so it all evens out.

There are many times that my kids are driving me crazy. Over the years, I’ve learned that this happens when our agendas are at odds with one another. Sometimes, the kids are being overly demanding and need to be brought to a new level of independence or need to learn that other people’s issues, concerns or wishes must be considered as well. Sometimes it is I who is being overly demanding or overly selfish, and I need to reestablish my priorities.

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