On My Daughter's Birthday Eve,
Reflections on motherhood thus far....
- •She is my mirror,Not because of our physical and personality similarities, but because she reflects and absorbs what I'm thinking and feeling, even when I don't notice.
- •Let it go,The ultimate mantra for parenthood. As she turns 9, and her childhood comes close to an end, I find myself holding onto the "moments," the way she holds my hand when we walk down the street, the way she says "Mama," reflections of a chapter that may soon close as she enters "tweendom."
- •Making Peace,with motherhood mistakes, the disappearance of my "pre-baby" body, the fact I'm not a "doer" as a parent, and accepting that sometimes introversion and mothering are not the best of friends.
- •Giving her the love,that I never felt from my family is ultimately healing. Not because it undoes grief, but because it's evidence that change is possible.