If there are no ugly babies
it stands to reason that there can be no ugly mothers."
I wish I could take credit for this beautiful logic, but this quote is from Antique Mommy...a woman only slightly older than myself, who is thankfully and joyously parenting a young child in her older age, just like me.
It made so much sense I wanted to laugh, applaud and buy her a latte. Maybe some day.
It reminded me of a conversation I had with my little darling, 8 year old Rebekah. She overheard some of her friends talking about their moms and how they all thought their own mothers were beautiful.
"I thought I was the only one who thinks her mom is beautiful."
I was touched and thrilled. She thinks I am beautiful. This little one of mine doesn't see the wrinkles and gray hair. I don't have the same body,skin, hair,endurance or energy that I had when I had my first kids.
Back in the days when I was a young Mommy people always said...
..."you look too young to have a kid" - then
..."you look too young to have two kids" - then
..."you look too young to have three kids" - then
..."you look too young to have four kids" - then
..."you look too young to have five kids."
Seven years later, when I had Rebekah at 38, I never heard that "too young" comment again. I especially didn't hear it after I began struggling with thyroid cancer.
In fact, I was often mistaken as the Gramma, and my older daughter, Jana, was the assumed mother.
But, then it all changed for me. Jana married young and began her family, so I began hearing
..."you look too young to have a grandkid" - then
..."you look too young to have two grandkids. "
After Jana delivers baby number three this June, I hope to hear
..."you look too young to have three grandkids."
Somehow, I have the feeling that my grandkids, just like my little Rebekah, will not see the wrinkles and gray hair.
They will think I'm beautiful.
And I truly think Antique Mommy is right,
there are no ugly mommies
because there are no ugly babies.
Parenthood is a beautiful cyle when love is blind, and blind love is good.