Though I'm reminded of the exchange daily as I nurse playground injuries and hurt feelings, I thought back recently when I received one of those email chain letters that promised me a life of happiness if I sent it on to a dozen other people. The message, titled "Worry," told the fictional story of a mother thinking she had passed the point of worry each time her child passed a milestone, only to be faced with a new set of worries. Once her children have tots of their own, the then-grandmother's concern shifts to her grandchildren and the process begins again. It made me wonder if parents are sentenced to a lifetime of worry?
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