So. I sat down at my new sewing machine yesterday afternoon.
I carefully read through the manual.
Followed all the instructions for getting thread in all the right places.
Got my material all lined up.
And I began to sew. Bonus: I was sewing in strait line!
I'm thinking: I can totally do this, this sewing thing's not so hard!
Then, there was a loud noise, and a piece of metal almost impaled my eye.
Who knew sewing machines could be so dangerous?! (And sewing machine needles so flimsy?)
I showed my husband the travesty that befell my new sewing machine, and he promptly went out to the garage to get me some safety goggles, which he insists I must wear every time I sit down to sew now. (I think he's just doing that, so that he can laugh at me).
Anyway----isn't that kind of like parenting sometimes?
We read the parenting books, and try to follow the directions---then, bam! A broken sewing machine needle. Or maybe things just don't go quite as smoothly as they do in the book.
But---through our failed attempts, we learn a valuable lesson. You should always wear safety goggles when parenting.