27 January 2009

Somewhere

Somewhere someone has just found out she is going to become a mother. Somewhere someone has found out she won't. Somewhere a mother is crying for the loss of a pregnancy. Somewhere a mother isn't ready to be a mother. Somewhere a mother is giving birth. Somewhere a mother is sleep deprived. Somewhere a mother is staring into the eyes of a newborn. Somewhere a mother is picking cheerios up off the floor. Somewhere a mother is making sacrifices. Somewhere a mother is watching her baby learn to walk. Somewhere a mother is gently cleaning a booboo and covering it with a band aid. Somewhere a mother is rocking a sick child. Somewhere a mother is finding out she has cancer. Somewhere a mother is dying. Somewhere a mother is caring for her own mother. Somewhere a mother is ready to give up. Somewhere a mother is asking for help. Somewhere a mother is cleaning the house. Somewhere a mother is making a meal for her family. Somewhere a mother has finally found joy in the little things. Somewhere a mother is teaching her child. Somewhere a mother is being taught. Somewhere a mother is feeling proud. Somewhere a mother is being humiliated in the grocery store by her toddler. Somewhere a mother is feeling trapped. Somewhere a mother needs a break. Somewhere a mother is feeling rejuvenated. Somewhere a mother has found time for herself. Somewhere a mother is praying for her children. Somewhere a mother is praying for herself. Somewhere a mother is worrying. Somewhere a mother is doubting herself. Somewhere a mother is paving the way. Somewhere a mother is ready to take on the world. Somewhere a mother is being criticized. Somewhere a mother is losing her inhibitions. Somewhere a mother is feeling humbled. Somewhere a mother is reaching out. Somewhere a mother is helping another mother. Somewhere a mother is feeling unappreciated. Somewhere a mother is crying. Somewhere a mother needs to be held. Somewhere a mother is thinking of the future. Somewhere a mother is attending a graduation. Somewhere a mother is planning a wedding. Somewhere a mother is watching her own child become a parent. Somewhere a mother's long journey is coming to an end.

Motherhood has its ups and downs. For every mother I've ever observed, learned from, been close to - here's to the bumpy ride.

18 comments:

Amber said...

This is beautiful. Seriously. I have bookmarked it as a reminder....

SunnyMomma said...

Thank you for sharing that Lei. It really stuck a chord with me - I needed to read that today.

Julie said...

Lovely post! Thank you!

Lee said...

Dear Lei, this made me tear up in so many ways. I could picture so many wonderful mothers I know with each of these thoughts, sadly even the cancer one, being with one of my dear friends on that day. It is true. And I think often I forget this. Thank you.

beckylou said...

Thanks Lei. I found myself in a lot of those somewheres.

Sarah said...

Thank you, Leilani. That was beautiful.

Heather and Elliott said...

I LOVE that!

We are doing great! My mom is getting ready to build a house up in South Jordan, so we're pretty excited for that! Addi's been completely healthy and she just gets more fun AND funny everyday!!

How are things going with you?? I wish I could've seen your home before I left. But I have looked at your other blog so I can at least get a taste of it! =) It looks absolutely amazing!!

Yvonne said...

That is an absolutely incredible post, lei. Like amber, I'm bookmarking it.

Thank you.

txmommy said...

i loved that, what a powerful thought!

Sonja said...

That was beautiful, totally made my day. How are you? It's been awhile since we've connected, I sure miss you.

Lara said...

This was seriously wonderful. Brings it all into such perspective.

Liam's Mom said...

I just may quote you in the future... maybe around mother's day to pay tribute. Beautiful work, Lei!

Scribbit said...

THis is the kind of thing I need to remember when it's a bad day--it's so easy to get wrapped up in your own happenings rather than remembering the people all around you.

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

What a beautiful post Lei!!
Truly.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Christy said...

Wow Lei! I just saw my past, present and future pass before my eyes! It really is an amazing journey, isn't it?

Thank you!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Thank you ... so inspiring!

Chrissy said...

Hearing from you absolutely made my day! Your new photo is gorgeous :-) I wish you could take a family pic for me....alas, we are miles apart.

Hope all is well with you! hugs, Chrissy

emlouisa said...

I. Love. This. Post.

thak you so much for your beautiful words. You say things in such a powerful way. Love ya!