Mum’s The Word
Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
Two hearts beating in the same body though yours was separate from mine. I didn’t know what to expect, who you were, what you would become. I helped to create you but I did not own you.
I housed your body until it was time for you to enter the world and begin your journey through life.
I may not be the mother of your dreams. I am different from others, that’s because like you I am unique. I may share the title of Mother with other women but I have my own dreams yet to be fulfilled.
I am not just mother, I am wife, daughter sister but most of all I am woman.
It may seem at times that I don’t care, but my love is there, deep and sheltered in a cocoon especially for you. It may seem that I am selfish but I am showing you that I value my life as much as I value yours. That instead of surrendering my whole identity to that of mother it is only one aspect of who I am.
I have so many desires yet to be fulfilled, one of which is that you become all that you can be. A person not defined by parents or life experience but that you can embrace your you-ness and make your own mark on the world.
My love may not always be apparent but it is there none the less. It exists and embraces you even when you cannot feel it …
Bio: Connie says this piece was inspired by a video she saw of a man who had led a life of drug taking. By the time he had become clean and had started to inspire others his mother had died and he was devastated that she hadn’t seen his new life. It made Connie reflect on motherhood and this story is the result.