Your Letters: Motherhood And Quadruplets

Host Scott Simon reads from letters and e-mails from our listeners.

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Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: Let's begin with some reaction to my essay a couple of weeks ago saluting women who are at home with their children, including my wife, and the many things they do that go unappreciated.

Laura Orlosky of Clifton Park, New York appreciated the sentiment. She writes, I've been a stay-at-home mom for 13 years and have loved every minute of it. Payment in kisses and hugs is priceless, but I found that the working class thinks all we do is watch soap operas and eat candy. Thanks for letting them know how hard we really do have to work.

Helen Nellian(ph) of St. Louis wrote to remind us that many mothers work both inside and outside the home: Scott's wife has a difficult job indeed, but I'd like to point out that I did all those things and had a full-time job. I put on socks with one hand while nursing a baby. I used the toilet with a toddler on my lap and a preschooler asking for help. I sent cloth diapers to daycare and did two loads of cloth diapers every night. And all the cleaning and organizing was done evenings and weekends. I'm not saying being a stay-at-home mom isn't hard. I'm just saying that being a working mom doesn't absolve you of all those duties either.

One more parenting letter, this one on our visit to weeks ago with the Torline quadruplets, who were freshmen at Indiana University. Mark Wassman of Fabius, New York writes, My wife and I enjoyed your story. However, we did not find it very unique. See, we were on our third trip in one week to pick up our quadruplets and their stuff from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where they are finishing their freshmen year. We certainly miss them and enjoy their company, but we have enjoyed the empty nest. We have experienced a welcomed, sizeable reduction in our food bill, and the washer and dryer have also enjoyed the rest and relaxation.

Listen, next week on WEEKEND EDITION - parenting assistance, this time in the form of a book recommendation, one that you can read to quadruplets, triplets, singletons, for that matter. WEEKEND EDITION is a bastion(ph) to the world of children's literature. Daniel Pinkwater is going to talk to us about "Little Beauty," a new picture book for children by Anthony Brown; Daniel, certainly known, loved, and revered by many of you. So if there's anything you'd like me to ask him, send us your question on Twitter. My user name there is nprscottsimon, all one word.

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