Les Miserables is a story about the selflessness of parenting. Fantine struggles to provide for her daughter. Jean Valjean earns redemption through caring for Cosette. The Thenardiers . . . are an example of what not to do.
There’s a lot to learn from this musical. We see parenting mistakes and triumphs. From the first generous act of the Bishop and his candlesticks to the last act of Jean Valjean’s selflessness, the themes of Les Miserables resonate much more for me now that I have kids. Ask any parent, they’ll tell you: To love another person is to see the face of God.
More thoughts on Les Mis, here.