This past weekend left me reflecting on the journey that precedes Motherhood, & the enormous responsibility & privilege that comes with being somebody's mom.
We spent the afternoon visiting a friend who recently delivered her first child. Unattached at 40, she made a decision to pursue IVF treatment after learning she would not be able to become pregnant naturally, due to a medical complication. She had always known, without a doubt, that she wanted to be somebody's mom. I must admit I secretly pondered her decision... raising a child can be so draining... so frustrating at times... so HARD for two parents, let alone one! Yet despite my apprehension, I was, & am, in awe of her. She made a careful decision that came from deep within, & when the time came, took matters into her own hands to make that decision a reality.
This is what Motherhood is all about, & why it deserves a capital "M," in my opinion. Becoming somebody's mom is worth fighting for, worth making happen despite the odds & whether or not it bucks the traditional scenario. The reward? Well, it's impossible to put into words.
I would encourage us all to recognize the sacrifices of our own mothers, the challenges & joys of our journey as parents (& what it takes to get here) & our membership in an exclusive club: no doubt the greatest & most challenging job around.