Rejection? Children can be afraid of rejection. I'm afraid of the responsibility, of being let down ten years in, of being left to carry the load, of failing them, of being useless, of being neglected, of wasting decades chained to an imbecile who loves the TV set more than me. There is so much more to love that is terrifying than the coward's concept of "rejection". That's also why it's so very, very important.