Raising kids is an overwhelming, never-ending, life-altering responsibility. Most of the time I focus on the day-to-day to keep myself from obsessing about the long-term responsibility. The problem is, every once in a while a simple image jolts me back to the reality that I do have three kids to shepherd to adulthood. This was my experience today, staring at the shoes grouped together against the wall. And today, after getting too mad at Claire for her tantrum about taking toys into my car (which I don't like), I will obsess about what life lessons I am teaching.