The Chaotic Loneliness of Parenting

It’s a bit of a paradox, really

Andrew Knott
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readMar 5, 2024

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The image shows a close-up of one person holding another’s hand, helping or leading them along. The focus is on the clasped hands in the foreground, which is sharp and detailed against a blurred background. The child being led is only partly visible; we see them from the waist down, wearing denim shorts and blue shoes, standing on what appears to be a row of round wooden posts, possibly part of a playground or an outdoor balancing trail.
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Chaotic. LOUD. Lonely?

These three words shouldn’t go together. If something or someplace is chaotic and loud, by definition, it has to be filled with life, with movement, with energy.

And loneliness is supposed to be the absence of all that. It’s silent rooms with the shades drawn, dinner for one…

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Andrew Knott
Human Parts

Essayist, humorist, novelist. Dad of three. Editor of Frazzled. Debut novel LOVE'S A DISASTER (May 21, 2024, Bayou Wolf Press). Website: AndrewKnottAuthor.com