I learned something from my recent trips around the world: Whether you live in Beverly Hills or Borneo, a parent's love is the same.
Bruce Sallan: I just returned from a magnificent trip to the Canary Islands, Morocco and Portugal. Last year, I visited Africa on my honeymoon. Both trips were exotic, both trips had their highs and lows and both trips taught me yet again the universality of parental love.
It doesn't matter where you live, how much money you have, what you do for a living: We all care about our children. My kids worry about having the newest cell phone, trendiest clothes and other really important stuff, while the kids in the medina in Fez, Morocco, were worrying about selling their cart of cookies or looking for a handout (that they really needed).
But in spite of the poverty we sometimes witnessed, we also witnessed the miracle of childhood joy. We went on a camel trek in the middle of nowhere (an hour-long four-wheel drive journey from Marrakech), where we encountered a small village. What were the kids doing there in the dust and dirt? Playing. Running after each other -- having fun!
Our 14-year-old guide, Aziz (see photo), was a bundle of smiles and happiness as he led our small group on the prescribed "Lawrence of Arabia"-style trek. (In my mind, I was hearing Maurice Jarre's score and imagining I was Peter O'Toole.)
Parenting styles? Different, for sure. They just carry the kids different ways, give them different foods, dress them differently, etc. But do they love them any different? Not a bit. But what do I know? I'm just a guy.
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, now 13 and 16, full-time. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and, now, as a newly remarried dad in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook and follow him on Twitter. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|