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There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger. Options
Daemon
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There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
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Wow... I love this quote, it captures what I feel. My daughter was physically me... made in my body out of my cells. And then is a being separate from me. Its a strange and unfathomable connection. Because it is hard to acknowledge the separation, that the child of my womb is a separate being. And maybe because that is the illusion. There is no true separation is the reality and thats why the separation feels forced, unnatural.
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If you don't over-identify with your children, you will admit that each and every one of them is indeed a stranger. This mystery makes parenting adventurous!
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The same perhaps is thinking teenager when parents withhold the pocket money on Saturday night - strangers!? At least we have enough time to make a close acquaintance...
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The very thought of having a child is nightmarish to me.
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Somehow I suspect my Mother would disagree, given she has that issue with my baby sister! I think she finds it more sad and heartbreaking, than thrilling.
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Far too many parents live vicariously through their children. The poor kids either rebel or attempt becoming just like mom and dad to feel loved. Children are not a blow up doll to be 'just like' you.
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Daemon wrote:
There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
Apedo Jeomey Bright
Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:55:19 AM

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[color=yellow] hmmmm having a child that's biologically your i also think is more thrilling not only in this world but in ones life because i myself can't imagine how excited my auntie was when she gave birth to her first child but i don't see how ones own child will be a secret stranger but it depends though.
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MechPebbles wrote:
The very thought of having a child is nightmarish to me.

Ditto!
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Very interesting quote, but does seem to follow along with her writing's, wouldn't you'll agree?
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from The Miracle of Motherhood – Agatha Christie
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I deeply admire AC but this time I totally disagree. This quote is a contradiction. There is no possibility a child become just a stranger to a mother. The traces left by motherhood are indelible in both children and mothers, the legacy that a mothers life left in her, her strongest beliefs, values, and knowledge are transmitted, to her child and will always make this child a part of the mother and the mother, a part of her child.
A child could get away from her mother, ignoring her, or vice versa, but they will always be linked by a unbreakable bond.


Agatha Christie had only a child, Rosalind (named after the Shakespeare heroine.) with her first husband, Lieutenant Archibald Christie.
Agatha said that her husband was "mad about Rosalind." It seemed that Archie and Rosalind understood each other better than she did with Rosalind.

I don't know nothing about her


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Perhaps she meant it was a thrill to get to know the new person; a stranger you helped to create, who is a part of you, yet not you.
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I wonder if I'll feel that way if I have a child.
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Daemon wrote:

"There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger." Agatha Christie

I have two daughters and a son, and they are three different, thrillingly unique human beings, and no matter how different my bond is with each individual child it is thrilling, exciting to know that I can never fathom the depth of their own soul and personality, and unpredictability of their existence in this life - just like mine or anyone else's is unforeseeable.


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