Robin Hobb

“He met my gaze levelly. "Why should you be the one to hire out? The money would go for my apprenticeship."
I experienced an odd shift in perception. Because I was "bigger and stronger and could earn more" was no longer true. His shoulders were as wide as mine, and in any test of endurance, his young back would probably hold out better. He grinned sympathetically as he saw me grasp what he already knew. "Perhaps because it is something that I'd like to give you," I said quietly, and he nodded, understanding what those words really meant.
"You've already given me more than I could every pay back. Including the ability to go after this for myself."
Those were the words we went to bed on, and I was smiling as I closed my eyes. There is monstrous vanity in the pride we take in our children, I told myself. I had bumbled along with Hap, never really giving much thought to what I was or was not teaching him about being a man. Then one evening, a young man meets my eyes and tells me that he can fend for himself if he needs to, and I feel the warm flush of success. The boy had raised himself, I told myself, but I still smiled as I fell asleep.”

Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand
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Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1) Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb
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