Good news filled this past week. A baby is on the way for a dear friend, another arrived yesterday for my cousin. Both of these lovely ladies are mamas for the first time, and I couldn't wish their children to have better ones. I'm already craving that fresh newborn scent. (B reminds me that we have a new-ish baby. Oh, right.)
While I am feeling much more in tune with mothering these days, I hope that I never take this privilege for granted because it has been so easily acquired. For me, unlike so many women I know and grieve for, the challenge hasn't been becoming a mother. It has been becoming a good mother. Being patient. Empathizing with my children more. Being patient. Being silent.
So, to the veteran mothers in my life (you know who you are, I hope) who model patience, empathy, silence, and love: