I still remember a telephone conversation I had years ago with one of my sales reps. We were talking work and the conversation turned to babies. She shared with me a conversation she had with her daughter, a recent new mom. A conversation she will never forget.
It impacted me deeply, so I chose to write about it.
This is her story…
One day her daughter called her out of the blue…sobbing. Not a little choked up, but bawling. You know the sniffling, stuttering, impaired type of crying.
Of course, her Mama Bear instincts took hold and in a brief second, her mind filled with terrible things. The new grandbaby was terribly sick. Her husband was in a car accident. She was calling with a devastating health diagnosis.
Is it only me, or does your Mommy brain work this way too?
Well, happily for her, none of her fears were realized. When her daughter gathered herself enough to speak, she told her Mom, she finally “got” it.
Yes she finally GOT IT.
She got the depth of how much her Mom loved her. It dawned on her that the indescribable love she felt for her baby, her mother felt for her. It was a moment of total clarity and understanding.
She got all the sacrifices, all the worry, ALL of it. To her core she was honored, humbled, amazed and profoundly changed.
I wrote, Mom, Now That I’m a Mother because I thought what seemed at first, to be a very personal revelation, was actually quite universal for those blessed with a loving mother.
I share it with you here and hope you can find a way to tell your mother you GET IT.
AND YOU LOVE HER!
Until I became a Mother,
I did not understand,
The profound sense of love,
in a Mother’s heart and hands.
As I whisper, “Mommy loves you”,
I rock my precious child to sleep.
Small perfection in my arms,
sweet breaths, slow & deep.
I now see me as a baby,
you’re rocking me to sleep.
You whisper, “Mommy loves you,
my heart is yours to keep.
At last I recognize your love,
as a Mother I now see.
As I hold and love my child,
you feel that love for me.
I will always be your baby,
despite the years that pass.
You have given me my life,
and a mother’s heart to last.
The greatest thanks I can offer,
more than words could ever say
is to give my child the love,
you have given me everyday.
copyright Teri Harrison
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What has been a profound realization for you when your baby was born? How has your relationship with your mom changed as you became a mother?