On Being Fair

QUOTATION: Rearing three children is like growing a cactus, a gardenia, and a tubful of impatiens. Each needs varying amounts of water, sunlight and pruning. Were I to be absolutely fair, I would have to treat each child as if he or she were absolutely identical to the other siblings, and there would be no profit for anyone in that.

ATTRIBUTION: Phyllis Theroux, U.S. journalist. "On Being Fair," Night Lights: Bedtime Stories for Parents in the Dark, Penguin (1987).

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