Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The difference between human babies and these new additions, though, is that they arrive already grown up, with all their beauty fully realized. Right along with all their flaws. No time left to mold and shape. That parts done. So we launch our newest into the world.
We authors want them to succeed. Really, really bad we want that. So we become helicopter authors, hovering, ready and willing to sweep away every obstacle that gets in the way. Helicopter parents use cell phones to accomplish their missions. Helicopter authors use the internet. It's our umbilical cord.
The thing we miss is that, at this point, our baby's future is really out of our hands. We've raised them the best we could. We infused them with all we had. Gave it our best shot.
Now it's up to them.
We have to learn to let go. To realize that some of them will meet our expectations (and more). And some of them will disappoint us. But no matter how they turn out, they will always be our babies and we'll always love them.
So tell me, are you a helicopter (fill in the blank)?