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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Monday, September 8, 2008

14 years

Fourteen years ago on this day I was a frustrated woman.  I was tired.  I was huge (if my scanner hadn't broken I would show you how huge).  I was petulantly making Steve take me for walks and rub my back.  I was 20 years old and impatient to start a new phase of life.

Fourteen years ago, I thought raising children was easy.  I thought you just followed what the books said.  I thought love was enough.

Fourteen years ago tomorrow, my life changed forever.  I grew, I loved more than I thought possible, I found my greatest sorrows and joys.  I found out that I really was tough enough and that I can do anything.

Tomorrow, Konal turns fourteen years old.  Born on his due date at precisely 2 pm in the afternoon. Completely natural childbirth with two hours of pushing. I remember every detail of the day even when I forget everything else in my life.  I remember the pain.  I remember the anticipation, and I remember the first time I looked into his bright blue eyes.

I regret nothing.

Thank you, my child, for teaching me how much more the world can be.