Thursday, January 10, 2008

Two Mothers

Forty years ago, a young woman gave birth to a strong, healthy baby boy. She held him close and kissed him and laughed and cried. She took him home to meet his big sister and proud father and later gave him a wild little brother to play with and two little sisters to tease.

She taught him to work hard and play fair. She gave him an appreciation for all things delicious and home-baked. She helped him with his homework and took him to the doctor and made him a cake in the shape of Idaho for a school project. She cheered at his games and folded his pajamas and sent homemade fudge when he lived in Peru.

Now her baby has grown taller than she and even has more grey in his hair. He is a good man, a great father and still likes all things delicious. Especially when they are baked just for him. By her. He is a son that would make any mother proud.
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Nine years ago, another young woman gave birth to a strong, healthy baby boy. She held him close and kissed him and cried and cried. She would not be taking him home, but would place him in the arms of a strange woman to raise.

And because she did...

She gave him two parents who love each other and love her baby beyond words. She gave him a wild little sister to play with and two little brothers to tease. She gave him a home with a big backyard and a swingset and sixteen first cousins and four loving grandparents and maybe a dog. Someday.

She ensured that he would have someone to help him with his homework and take him to the doctor and fold his pajamas and cheer at his games. She trusted that someone else would teach him to work hard and play fair and make him something home-baked and delicious.

Her baby is growing taller. He is a good boy, a great son and would make her very proud.

Happy wishes to my two birthday boys. God bless the mothers who delivered them to me.

22 comments:

Jessica said...

Can't comment. Too choked up.

Bridget said...

That really was beautiful. I'm like Jessica, no more words.

Caroline said...

you're just tugging my heart strings.

lainakay said...

Happy Birthday to your boys! Such a beautiful post.

marta said...

you always have just the right words. cheers to the two boys we celebrate on the tenth.. am so glad they make you so happy.

Lauren said...

Gab,
That was beautiful. Thank you.

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

You have a gift for this, my friend. I have tears in my eyes and love in my heart for your two boys. Nobody deserves them more than you!

Marty said...

Oh, that is so tender and sweet. I hope all three of you mothers are blessed because of your goodness and love for your sons. We love them both, too, more than we can say.

katie said...

wow, that is an amazing post. beautiful. thank you.

Nimmy said...

Have a great day, Gab! This day is the luckiest day of your life. You are so blessed. I loved your post.

Love you & B & J!

amy said...

this is the first time i've visited your blog. i'm crying. thank you. that was beautiful :) found you via marta.

Celia Fae said...

Happy birthday to two deserving guys. Oh, and nice sepia.

crystal said...

This made me cry. How very, very sweet.

Kenny, Linsey and Caleb said...

This is very sweet. What a wonderful tribute.

Rochelleht said...

You freakin' ROCK! That was so beautiful. I'm totally crying. Bravo to you.

Amanda said...

Very nicely written. Happy birthday to your boys.

I love that part about the birthmother of your son. I may have to steal this idea in a couple of months!

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

Loved it. What else can I say?
You know how to write, Gab.

martha corinna said...

So beautiful.
Happy birthday to your boys.

Megan said...

Tears in my eyes. So sweet. I can really relate because that is how I received my Owen. Adoption is a wonderful miracle.

oda41143 Missy said...

I lurked over to your blog from DancinQueen. I hope you do not mind. My son is adopted and reading this post made me cry. We have been blessed by the unselfish love that birthmothers have. Thanks for expressing this love the way you did in this blog.

Jill said...

Sooooooo sweet. Loved it. Thanks for sharing...totally know what you mean and feel!!!!!!!

TexasTwinsTwice said...

OH--this was a GREAT post. Adoption is a wonderfully amazing thing!

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