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Just Jot It January 13th – Sacrifice


They say that with great responsibility comes great power. But what about sacrifice?

When I was a teenager and into my young adulthood I thought of sacrifice as something romantic. I dreamed of the ultimate sacrifice, as in, “I’d die for you my love!” As much as I might have jumped in front of a bus for my boyfriend, I (thank goodness) never found out whether I’d have the guts when it came down to it.

Then when I started thinking about having kids I wondered at all I’d have to sacrifice of my relatively carefree life. And when it came down to it, I suppose I did. I miss the days of laying in on a weekend morning, of being able to go in and out of the house at will, of doing all the things one truly takes for granted before they have kids. But it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.

So I was quite wrong, in my own case at least, when I thought that with great responsibility comes great sacrifice. It’s definitely power… the power the kids have over me.

The “Sacrifice” prompt is brought to you by Me – Who Am I?. If you don’t already know her, check out her blog!

JJJ 2016

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

52 thoughts on “Just Jot It January 13th – Sacrifice

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  2. Kids do indeed have a lot of power. Since it’s such a rarity for my son to ask for anything, when he does there’s a very good chance he’ll get it (within limits of course). Fortunately for bank account, he hasn’t figured this out yet.


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  15. Good post, Linda. It is funny what a parent will do for a kid and yet never think of it as a sacrifice. Jot it post today


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  22. A great post Linda. Having kids certainly does change things, and it is wonderful that you don’t feel like you have had to sacrifice anything ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Unless I’m missing something here, the original quote is actually;
    “With great power comes great responsibility” and is often (mistakenly) attributed to Voltaire, but it’s most likely to have first been coined in 1793, in a passage from the French National Convention during the French Revolution.
    It has been paraphrased many times since, by Winston Churchill, Roosevelt (both of them), Lord Melbourne and even Spider-Man’s uncle, amongst others.

    P.S. – How about making tomorrow’s prompt “pedantic”?


  27. Linda, my power was given to my first son in 1988 and continued on until they were adults. I feel your pain. However, it flies by and before you know it you have your home to yourself and you can clean your house naked if you want. Trust me for all the sacrifice you have given you will be rewarding with things like peace and quiet. It does get better. But, then you get empty nest syndrome from time to time and you wish for someone to be yelling at you while you are on the toilet. Enjoy the craziness while it last. You blink and its over. Good post again. Thanks Annette


    • Annette, I appreciated your comment and it inspired my post for today – although written from a completely different perspective.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Annette. Sorry it’s taken so long to get to it.
      Unfortunately I’ll probably never experience the freedom you talk about, since I anticipate having to look after my kids (my 20 year old is severely Autistic and my youngest is Deaf and cognitively impaired) until I’m too old to look after myself. Then again, you never know. Perhaps they’ll insist on moving out, even with all their challenges.

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  29. Love your ideas about sacrifice, responsibility and power.

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  32. Love it Linda! Great post!

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  34. And dying for someone may be romantic, but it’s only a one time act. Living for someone takes much more commitment.

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  35. Having children has totally changed what I think of as sacrifice. Spending all my time and effort to take care of them an provide for their needs is now my joy. And spending time away from them to better myself or to find times of recreation is now the sacrifice that I hate to do. Every thing that used to be enjoyable to me is now a pain in the butt, and everything that I used to think of as a pain in the butt is now enjoyable to me.

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