Rather than a list of things that have inspired me this week I am just going to go with this amazing podcast from This American Life on unconditional love. Anyone who knows me will be very unsurprised to hear that it made me cry – which was embarrassing as I was walking down the street at the time while listening on my iPod.
For those who haven’t heard the program before, its usual format is to have three of four stories on one topic.
This week starts off with psychologist Harry Harlow who performed experiments in order to prove that it was good for parents to show love to their children. Unbelievable as it may sound, before the 1950s the prevailing wisdom was that it was harmful to hold or kiss babies too often – too often being defined as once a year.
The second story is about Heidi and Rick Solomon, who adopt a seven and a half-year old boy from a Romanian orphanage and their perseverance and dedication as they teach him how to love, despite his battles against them.
In the final story Dave Royko talks about his family’s decision on whether to put their autistic son into full-time residential care – which proves that both love and being a parent are hard.
The podcast is about an hour but is an hour well spent: listen here.