Thursday, March 6, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Advice My Mother Gave Me





As I woke up from anesthesia the first thing I saw was my mother’s smiling face.  My first born had just arrived and she told me he was perfect!  I had hoped for a natural birth, but he didn’t progress after the first 24 hours of labor.  He didn’t even progress after the next 12 hours of labor, six of which were under the “let’s-get-this-baby-out” helpful childbirth drug called Pitocin.  The umbilical cord was wrapped around his precious little head, just at the right spot to keep him from coming into this world naturally.  He arrived just as God planned for him to arrive…healthy, alert and gorgeous! That’s all that mattered to me. 


My mother looked me straight in the eyes and said, “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.”  I smiled and cried because my mother knew stuff.  When she gave advice, I followed it because she was always right.  She died three months later.  To this day, I can still see her face and hear her voice whenever I think I might fail at something.  Her words continue to give me the courage to move forward.  


I try to convey this same message to my children every chance I get.  


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10 comments:

Mary Johnson said...

Such sweet words. I wish I had some of those words of motherly wisdom now so I am borrowing yours :)

Lindsey said...

Sounds like your mom gave you a lot of confidence! Visiting from Mama Kat's.

Denise said...

A simple memory, .. words spoken which will continue to live on deeply embedded within ones heart. In turn will be ones driving force to continue that link of unconditional endless love. Beautiful !

Carol said...

Simple, yet profound words to live by. Your mother did get it right!

Jeanie said...

I love that your mother directed her confidence in you so directly. I think that has mothers we sometimes don't express the feeling for and about our children in a direct enough way.

Beth said...

This was beautiful. I got teary

Ann Harrison said...

What a wise, loving thing to say. You are so fortunate to hear these wonderful words from your mother. (Makes me teary.)

Happy to have found you through Mama Kat :->

Mama Kat said...

This gave me goosebumps...what an amazing memory you have of her. I'm sure it hurts terribly to have her gone. I can't imagine life without my Mom. I'm sure she keeps a close on that little one!

Linda O'Connell said...

Every child should receive these affirmations. You were gifted with them. your weight loss is incredible and you are beautiful. Did you work at a preschool in St. Louis? I have been a PreK teacher for 38 years in south city. I am on FB if you want to chat, or email me. Address at top of my blog.

Kyliegh said...

Proof that what we tell our kids sticks. Glad it was something this great in your situation! Stopping by from Mama Kats!