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A Tale of Four Mothers

Wista Waldroop
Tahlequah OK USA
From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 23 No 4, July-August 2006, p. 157.

The first mother had her child when she was a mere 20 years old. She looked into his eyes and experienced a different kind of love than she had ever known. She named him Shannon Wayne and was sure that was the most beautiful name in the whole world. This child-mother grew up alongside of and with Shannon. Together they were brave and strong enough to go out on their own and face the world alone. They experienced scary times and good times; sad times and fun times. They faced great losses and grew stronger because of them. Shannon's mother tucked him deep into her heart where nothing could dislodge him and knew he was her favorite child.

The second mother had her child when she was 30 years old and experiencing true love with her new husband. She looked into her baby's eyes and felt all over again that special bond between a mother and her child. She named him Micah Blue and was sure that was the most beautiful name in the whole world. He taught her many new things about life and caused her to throw out her old ideas about raising babies. He forged his own pathway much to the delight and sometimes consternation of all of those around him. He marched to the beat of his own drummer, and taught his mother that being different was okay. Micah's mother tucked him deep into her heart where nothing could dislodge him and knew that he was her favorite child.

The third mother was a mature 34 when her son was born. Her feet were firmly on the pathway of motherhood, and she felt confident in her ability to nurture this child. She looked into his eyes and felt that now familiar jolt of love that happens between a mother and child. She named him Dakota Smith and was sure that was the most beautiful name in the world. She learned many lessons from this child; he caused her to experience his babyhood in new ways and taught her patience. His imagination was a wonder to behold. He was a delight to all those around him and put a gleam in his mother's eye. She tucked him deep into her heart where nothing could dislodge him, and knew he was her favorite.

The fourth mother was 37 years old when her son was born. She had fears that she was too old to be starting on this journey again but when she looked into his eyes, her fears disappeared as that old familiar love was still there, burning as bright as ever. She named him Chisholm McKinney and was sure that was the most beautiful name in the world. Once again, she had to adjust all she thought she knew about babyhood. She thought there was nothing more she could learn as a mother but Chisholm taught her a new lesson all about bravery over and over in the face of illness. He kept his mother young. She tucked him deep into her heart where nothing could dislodge him, and knew he was her favorite.

These four mothers co-exist together pretty well in one body, sharing just one beating heart. Luckily, this one mother's heart has room enough for all four to remain safely tucked deep inside where nothing can dislodge them. They all started out as her favorite and will remain that way forever.

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