I felt like a mom when...
- I had a baby. Obviously.
- I wanted a baby.
- I first held a friends baby.
- I first felt love for somebody else's baby.
- In a tough situation I worried about my siblings, more than myself.
- My sister brought me her injured, crying baby.
- My sister needed my protection at 21, at 15, and even at 7 years old.
- At 12 I left my baby sister behind at school...and I cried tears of true grief over what I had done, not because of the act of forgetting, but because I realized the pain I felt in my guilt would never be enough to fix what I had done to her trust in me.
Motherhood isn't just about giving birth.
It's about love. It's about protection. It's about strength.
It's about being a woman.
I love my children more than I have the words to explain, but even without them, I would still be a woman worthy to be called MOTHER. As. Are. You.