Excerpt of the article “Motherhood is a Sacred Trust” by Annette Goggio – Oakhurst, CA
“Every mother makes mistakes. They may be small ones and some that are not so small. I certainly have made my share of mistakes and feel some remorse at times, but in thinking about them, I capitulate because I realize there is no greater responsibility than that of being a mother, whether you become one from a child born to you or given to you by another.
That responsibility holds for a lifetime; it holds when your child is 2, or 14 or 40. You embrace them with your arms, your energy, your essence, because through biology or circumstance, they chose you and you agreed to care for them and to give of yourself in that effort—without end. Your contribution to their life is incalculable. It is huge—just ask anyone who’s ever had one.
Come to think of it, they really aren’t mistakes. I prefer to call them mishaps because they seem to happen when we are not fully in our consciousness. We rely a little too fully on our minds to solve problems, the computer in us, dredging up rules conceived by other minds that draw up social norms or folktales that result in our giving them the wrong medicine, hitting them when they need a nap or sending them out of the house to fend for themselves on the streets.
Instead, we should remember the sacred trust between us—the duty we have to love and support this human being; guide them through life, guide them through their own particular trials that teach them about themselves and an understanding of others unlike and like them. We have a duty to follow them, not drawing on social norms but from our instinct as to what they need at that moment of crisis and delivering it to them in the best way we know how. In other words, let life be the teacher, you, the interpreter and tour guide....”
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