Adam Gopnik: On Children Leaving Home
Adam Gopnik reflects on the terrible day when children leave home.
Adam Gopnik's son is about to leave home. His suitcase is already packed. It's not a day Adam is looking forward to. Why is love between parents and their children so asymmetric, he wonders? Why do parents love their children infinitely - while children feel about their parents, at best, a mix of affection, pity, tolerance and forgiveness?
A Point of View: The pain when children fly the nest