The true harvest of life is is in the tints of the morning and is in the stardust caught...a segment of the rainbow.
Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


"WHAT I WOULD TELL HER: (If I knew what to say.)

You are a miracle.
And I have to love you this fiercely: So that you can feel it even after you leave for school, or even while you are asleep, or even after your childhood becomes a memory.

You’ll forget all this when you grow up. But it’s okay.

Being a mother means having your heart broken.

And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together.

And it’s the best there is. And also, sometimes, the worst.

Sometimes you won’t have anyone to talk to.

Sometimes you’ll wonder if you’ve forgotten who you are.

But you must remember this: What you’re doing matters.

And you have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.

The truth is, being a woman is a gift. Tenderness is a gift. Intimacy is a gift. And nurturing the good in this world is a nothing short of a privilege.

That’s why I have to love you this way. So I can give what I have to you. So that you can carry it in your body and pass it on.

I have watched you sleep. I’ve kissed you a million times. And I know something that you don’t, yet:

You are writing the story of your only life every single minute of every day.

And my greatest hope for you, sweet child, is that I can teach you how to write a good one."
Written by Katherine Center


Heavens2Betsy said...

This is utterly beautiful and I thank you so much for sharing it. I'm going to pass this on to my daughter who spent the weekend demonstrating what a great life she is writing for herself.

Katherine Center said...

Thank you so much for posting my video on your lovely blog! It's so great to see it making its way around the world (I'm in Texas!) Many good wishes to you and your creative spirit!

Loving Textiles said...

That's beautiful and fully capsulate what being a Motheer is about. Thanks for sharing such a powerful message.

Love your blog ..some more strong words with deep and powerful messages that make me think and ...act.

You have such a creative and caring spirit.
Love :-)) Pam

Kathlene said...

How perfectly penned...I too am sharing this with my daughter who is struggling with two toddlers and the tantrums and eating and sleeping issues. Somehow it puts everything in perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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