Someone once said that life is the hardest thing you'll ever live. I remember that statement being met with the response: life is the longest thing you'll ever live. I'm not sure who first said the former, or where the person got it from that repeated it to me, but whoever was first is deserving of the Insight of a Lifetime Award.
Life is hard. Damn hard. I've even shared with my children how hard life can be, because I don't want them to grow up believing that everything will always come to them like it appears to do now. For them, dinner is a given, shoes that fit are given, clothes that aren't busted up are a given, bicycles, skates, Wii consoles, toothpaste, and the list continues. I want them to know that all those provisions took time, effort and money on somebody's part. That there aren't any magicians living in our home and that, in reality, magic ain't real.