Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Child

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Child

  1. The first fluttering of life felt in the svelte bellies of new mothers mimic the slight, soft flit of a butterfly’s wings in flight.
  2. Once delivered into her exhausted arms the perfect wonder of ten toes and grasping fingers often ignite a constant candle of maternal devotion.
  3. First steps and diaper-free nights presage the coming chasm – of being needed less.
  4. The letting go begins when school inserts strangers, the child expelled into a wider world.
  5. At the age of ten, as if programmed, a child knows which destiny to claim.
  6. Beware the teen of hormone filled emotional flights. No tethers are allowed except a careful tending of the status quo to avoid a shifting launching pad?
  7. The mates they chose you judge by how they treat your child. Your opinion against any choice produces renewed defenses for their decision.
  8. Truly cleaved to another, the married child relies on traditional celebrations to allow familial felicitations.
  9. The adult children of this mother bloom closer to her heart than on their first meeting, or stray beyond that candle’s reach.
  10. One such child hears every word, tucks in every joy, handles every quarrel, open arms his way around me.
  11. The other hears my voice as censure, throws gifts at me and closes down.
  12. There are no guarantees of love between a child and a mother. None such.
  13. Universal, surely is the constant home of a mother and child reunion, mayhap on a higher realm.

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