Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mothers Have the Strongest Arms

The Baby had been under the weather for what seemed like a long Buffalo winter. It was just a little upper respiratory bug; but it did not want to let go of her. And, she did not want to let go of me. I noticed that she was feeling better when I regained the use of my arms. I had been carrying her around for weeks as that is where she was most peaceful and quiet. It felt as if she might perch there forever. In a way, we do carry our babies forever. For instance, we hold them when they are grappling with the trials of third grade:

And, we give them a lift when middle school becomes overwhelming.

And, we still hoist them on our backs when the questions and concerns of high school swirl in their heads.

And, when they are adults, we carry them in our hearts and teach them how to be strong.


  1. I think this was my favorite so far.

  2. I'm not a mom, but I have one and I love this (even if she makes me want to use my arms to strangle her at times.)
    The end.

  3. This made me laugh an cry... and I dont have any tissues in my office!

  4. Thank you all so much- for your feedback. This was actually inspired by a vision Max, First Born Son, left me with after he asked me, "Wouldn't it be funny if they made Baby Bjorns for big people, and you could put me in one and take me for a walk?"

  5. I wish we didn't live so far away. This made me cry, good tears and sad. I think of all the moments we could have shared and didn't, all of the laughter missed.
    When my redhead comes to me dressed in her "old lady" dress (it's a tight fitting black stretchy dress with huge flowers all over) with a purse filled with play jewelry and baubles... showing me each item as she shoves them into place as she babbles on and on about each of them... I think of you. It's probably the hair, but she always reminds me of you. Artistic, cerebral and beautiful.

  6. Wow! That was amazing. Moms are always on call 24/7 for their kids (even when they're adults). I'm always ready to catch my son should he ever fall.

  7. Your mom's arm's will always be there. As long as I'm living your mama I'll be! Loved it!!!!!