Here are some new shots of our little peanut enjoying a ride on his swing–a great hand-me down from our friends Sara and Howie.
Tomorrow is my first Mother’s Day! Everyone has been so sweet in wishing me congratulations. Since my own mom died in 2004, Mother’s Day has just been a sad reminder of her absence. But tomorrow, I’m looking forward to rejoicing in the miracle of Isa and embracing my life-time role as a mom—and it feels good!
Below is a funny excerpt from an article that appeared in the Science Times a few weeks ago by one of my favorite authors, Natalie Angier
For Motherly X Chromosome, Gender Is Only the Beginning
Published: May 1, 2007
As May dawns and the mothers among us excitedly anticipate the clever e-cards that we soon will be linking to and the overpriced brunches that we will somehow end up paying for, the following job description may ring a familiar note:
Must be exceptionally stable yet ridiculously responsive to the needs of those around you; must be willing to trail after your loved ones, cleaning up their messes and compensating for their deficiencies and selfishness; must work twice as hard as everybody else; must accept blame for a long list of the world’s illnesses; must have a knack for shaping young minds while in no way neglecting the less glamorous tissues below; must have a high tolerance for babble and repetition; and must agree, when asked, to shut up, fade into the background and pretend you don’t exist.
And here is some loving wisdom on Mothers from the Dalai Lama:
“If we have been reborn time after time, it is evident that we have needed many mothers to give birth to us…. the first cause bringing about bodhicitta is the recognition that all beings have been our mother.
The love and kindness shown us by our mother in this life would be difficult to repay. She endured many sleepless nights to care for us when we were helpless infants. She fed us and would have willingly sacrificed everything, including her own life, to spare ours. As we contemplate her example of devoted love, we should consider that each and every being throughout existence has treated us this way. Each dog, cat, fish, fly, and human being has at some point in the beginningless past been our mother and shown us overwhelming love and kindness. Such a thought should bring about our appreciation.
…if all other sentient beings who have been kind to us since beginningless time are suffering, how can we devote ourselves to pursuing merely our own happiness? To seek our own happiness in spite of the suffering others are experiencing is tragically unfortunate. Therefore, it is clear that we must try to free all sentient beings from suffering.”
–from An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by the Dalai Lama, edited by Nicholas Vreeland.