Being in the right place at the right time
When I was in NY last week, I needed to be a mom. Even when you think your children are grown-up and you’re no longer needed, something unexpected happens when you are still needed…and I am so glad I could be there for that moment.
As a parent, one of the hardest things is to see your child disappointed. You just want to take away their pain and quickly mend their broken hearts. I have personally learned so much more from my own failures than successes, but as a mom, I want things to be better and easier for my daughter. I know that failures are just part of growing up and part of life itself, but it still hurts to watch from the sidelines.
Last week, our daughter Allison got her first real “rejection” in the business world. She found out that she did not get the job she REALLY wanted at another television network and was heartbroken. I was at a business meeting in New Jersey, but got an email during the day asking if I was going to be back in New York later that evening. I had a business dinner to attend, but I also knew this was one of those rare occasions where I could be with her at a time when she really needed me to be a confidant, a mom, a friend. I decided to skip the dinner to spend time with her. I am so glad that I did.
Life is filled with special moments that we don’t want to miss, especially when they’re unexpected. How lucky was I to be in New York that day and not 3,000 miles away at home…so I could be there for her in one of those extraordinary moments.
By blogger Barbara Adachi, Deloitte LLP