I remember sharing heartbeats with my new baby while he slept on my chest.
I was the last Mom to pick up my son from daycare.
My toddler, unwatched but for a second, was captured by an ocean wave and nearly swept away.
After the drug-free birth of my 10lb 15oz baby, the doctor offered me a shot of morphine and I screamed unpleasant words at him, later regretting my words and wishing I hadn’t made such a quick decision.
My youngest, riding his bike for the first time without training wheels, stopped and plunged headfirst onto the road, imbedding gravel in and bloodying his upper lip, and screamed, “I did it!”
My Mother boarded the train to go home, leaving me on my own, three weeks after the birth of my second son.
While trimming my youngster’s hair, I nicked his ear and made him bleed and cry.
I left my youngest at daycare for the first time and he was so excited he didn’t say “good-bye.”
My toddler had a temper tantrum while my new baby screamed uncontrollably in the grocery store and I had no idea what to do so I cried, too.
My Dad helped my three year old son “shave,” smearing shaving cream all over his face.
My sons wept as they carried the body of their beloved dog to his grave, carefully placing his stuffed bunny on top of his lifeless body.
I found the chewed-off ear of the dog’s bunny under the sofa the year after he died.
I realized I had hurt my son’s feelings with my poorly-chosen words.
My son called, “just to say I love you.”
After dropping the boys at camp for the first time, I came home to a quiet house and empty bedrooms.
I arrived at our Kentucky retreat alone and the first thing I thought of was being there as a family.
En route to take my firstborn to college, “The Sounds of Silence,” played on the stereo.
The vet told me that my son had called him a dozen times from school to check on his very sick dog.
Calling from camp to say “Happy Birthday,” my son told me where he had hidden my wrapped present. It was a gold cross on a necklace that he had bought with his own money.
My sons arrived home safely after school on September 11, 2001.