It’s hard to know whether this is a post about strength, perseverance, or adventure, but here’s where to start, a 2 minute and 21 second video posted by The Guardian of three Frenchmen attempting to walk a slackline between two hot air balloons at 10,000 feet.  Under what conditions would someone even think of trying such a thing?  Guys, guys, guys… easy on the testosterone!

Then consider the more common and more earthbound high-wire act of raising a child, of struggling through the haze of sleep deprivation while caring for a helpless infant, nurturing the developing mind and body of a Very Important Small Person.

Which requires more strength, perseverance, sense of adventure – and courage?

Spoiler alert: In the hot air balloon walk, none succeed, but no one dies, thanks to the fact that the adventurers have parachutes.

In raising children, many succeed, though some die.  Parachutes haven’t yet been invented for the free fall of parenting.  More than parachutes, it takes a the proverbial village (not to mention the wisdom of evolution) to support parents as they and their children tumble through life together, finding their wings.

Theirs is the ultimate adventure – and God grant them the courage, strength, and perseverance to succeed.