"The writer Mark Twain once remarked, 'My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.' If Mark Twain's mother was like the vast majority of our mothers, I am sure that she did enjoy the upbringing of her children; including all the happiness and heartache that loving another attaches itself to.
My mother, having given birth to seven children who lived, used to describe her experience as the 'agony and the ecstasy.' Being the eldest of the seven, I naturally felt obliged to tell the younger six that they were the 'agony' and I was the 'ecstasy.' I think they believed me?" William Forde: October 9th, 2013.