The world is but a canvas to the imagination...
Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Baby Mine


There is a song by Bette Midler that I just love called "Baby Mine" from the Beaches sound track that I sang to all of my kids. The song starts out, "Baby mine, dry your eyes..." The other song that I always sing to them is another one of hers called "Wind Beneath My Wings". This is one of my favorite pictures. Joan took it in the hospital after Toby was born. I don't thing I even knew that she was taking it. You can't see the rest of the quote but it reads, "You do no become a Mother, Motherhood becomes you." Motherhood gobsmacked me (to borrow a phrase from my English friends) I had always vaguely thought about it, putting it firmly in the "someday" category. I never thought of my self as maternal and when Shon and I found out we were pregnant with Alex two months after we were married my first thought was a sickening mixture of fear and panic nicely seasoned with nausea. The nausea stayed, but the feelings of fear and panic gave way to amazement and awe. Although I never was able to get the hang of normal pregnancies and ours were peppered with many hospital stays and preterm labor, each one was testimony building to me. When you are privileged to be nurturing that little body and spirit, I felt as if the veil to the Heavens was just a little bit thinner. I worried about bringing a child into this world. I remember just getting a calming feeling that if we raised our children in the LDS church that we would be comforted. I had always loved their family values and really liked that "template" for raising a family. For us it as been a wonderful thing. I was never naive enough to think that things would never be hard, we do seem to have our refiners fire of medical issues. But tempering all of that is this thread of love and joy that is a direct boon from our Father in Heaven. There is also the life changing realization that I LOVE being a Mother! I know that I make many mistakes, and sometimes I swear I can hear God laughing, but I would never, ever change this for anything. Shon and I were talking this morning about our kids and how cool they are. I love that they are so close. They don't like to be separated, and they hang out with one another without prompting. I don't know how long that will last, but I'll take it while I can. I have a feeling it will last though. My sister is one of my best friends and Shon is very close to his sisters too. I love that our kids are so huggy and affectionate. My older boys will still reach out to hold my hand unprompted in public...amazing for a 14 year old and an 11 year old. I think that the bottom line is that my children are teaching me what joy and charity truly are....Motherhood. While I may whine sometimes or be dramatic, I am humbled and would never change a thing.

3 comments:

Colett said...

What is it about being a mom and this day that makes us so sappy and mushy? I can't get enough!

Joan said...

For a gal that didn't think she would be a good Mom, you sure dived into to it didn't you? And....you came out on top. You are a very good Mom. Do you know how that makes a mother-in-law feel? I am proud of the woman you have become my dear daughter-in-love.

Joan

Shon O said...

You truly are a wonderful mother, are kids have no idea how blessed they are, I truly am lucky.