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wings and things

To my son, on Mothers’ Day

on May 7, 2016

Tomorrow I will pretend to hold your miniature, wrinkled toes inside my swollen, postnatal fingers in the whiplash of a memory of pain and joy in equal amounts: your birth.

You, like many other babies, wanted to stay safely within the parameters of life and death/inside and outside, but you eventually emerged. After too many hours, you were inducted out of your cubbyhole and splashed into the too-bright-light of a bassinet.

I have never loved anyone as much as you, my wonderful, winged son. Yes, we argue and disagree; yes, we agree and philosophise; yes we occasionally look for walls to punch, shoulders to cry into: yes.

Nothing can ever change the gift of you to us – to Anthony, to me, to the extended family. Thanks for being this gift, for being exactly who you are. We are so proud that you are our son, Ming!

Tomorrow I will pretend to hold your miniature, wrinkled toes inside my swollen, postnatal fingers in the whiplash of a memory of pain and joy in equal amounts: your life.

 

 

 

 


23 responses to “To my son, on Mothers’ Day

  1. Beautiful!

    One of those…. I wish I’d written that. It is so perfect and it describes my experience so perfectly too.

  2. Happy Mother’s Day! Lovely tribute to your son.

  3. Lovely Jules, lovely. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. The reasons we are moms. You express this so beautifully Julie.

  5. How beautiful Jules Hugs!

  6. ksbeth says:

    what a lovely tribute from mother to son –

  7. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful words from a beautiful, strong and resourceful mothed so filled with love it overflows in every direction. We are blessed to be a part of this family.

  8. Rhonda says:

    So beautifully expressed Jules. Happy Mother’s Day…xoxo

  9. Judy says:

    So sweet and true. Motherhood is indescribable – filled with pain and pleasure. It is life in it’s purest form.

  10. Lovely, and something all mothers should be able to relate to

  11. Ann Koplow says:

    Beautiful, Julie.

  12. lensgirl53 says:

    A lovely, well-written tribute to your son…to my son….to any son who knows this kind of love.❤️

  13. How very beautiful and profound. We seemed to spend so much of life avoiding pain, but it is from pain that our most precious contributions to the world — life — are born…

  14. How wonderful to spend mother’s day appreciating how truly blessed it is to be a mother. Thanks for this post, I will send ‘thank you’ notes to my children. 🙂

  15. Sharon Gronow says:

    I met your lovely son at his workplace yesterday Julie. I was doing a workshop on dementia for Red Cross 🙂 PS my dad also had Parkinson’s with Lewy Body Dementia now.

  16. Bea says:

    This made me cry, thank you for sharing x

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