Last week, we asked people to share their thoughts on motherhood, and thank you so much to everyone who participated! Below are some of the responses we received.
Happy Mother's Day!
Since I had my daughter I view life in an entire new light. Every day serves a purpose and I have reason to wake up every day. I now realize how valuable a life is and enjoy every moment. I have found life is not all about me any more. I enjoy the small things much more than the big.
Summer - Jonesboro, GA
In 1989 I went to Nicaragua because my city has a sister city in El Sauce, Nicaragua. One of my students from Colombia went with me. At a party a young Nicaraguan man, 18 years old, talked with my student at a party we went too. This young man wanted to come to the US for university; my student had him talk to me. To make a long story short my husband & I adopted this 18 year old Nicaraguan man. He came to the US when he was 20 and is now a civil engineer who works in NYC. He has sent at least 7 people... all young women, to university in Nicaragua.
He also changed the life of our family. I now spend 3 months each winter with his family and have seen a generation in his family (and mine now) grow up.
Thanks to my student from Queens, who emigrated with his family from Colombia I have a son who is 39 now, AND a large family of about 35 in Leon, Nicaragua. All of this has changed my life.
Jean Douthwright - Rochester, NY
I have always been empathetic to human pain but since becoming a mother, the empathy has become a vital connection to every other parent. Seeing footage of a parent grieving over the death of a child or reading about the suffering of someone's child resonates so strongly now that I almost find watching the news unbearable as I grieve with the parent or for that child. Yet, I still watch and read because cutting myself off from it seems worse.
In one way, I feel so lucky for the advantages that I have had and that I can give my own children but the flip side is the realization of how slender the thread is that holds us to life or health and any advantage that wealth and education bring can easily be wiped out. I thought I knew that before but it turns out that I only understood it intellectually.
Porter Figg - Wokingham, England