Once when I was younger - maybe not super little - I asked my mom at what point a person starts to feel like a grown-up. I remember her telling me that she thought it happened the day a person brings their first child home from the hospital.
I wonder, though, if it's not so much about having a baby, but more about being responsible for another person. Because ever since I've been taking care of these clients, I feel truly like an adult for the first time in my life. For the first time ever, there are women depending on me in a way that I cannot get out of. And the more we work together and the more we talk and the more secrets of theirs that I know, the more I feel tied to this, not as a lawyer, but as a human being.
I don't think it's about parenting. I think it's about being responsible for a life.