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  • Meet my daughter Jessica and her two sons. They are her life. I don't mean that she doesn't do other things: she teaches, runs a foundation, runs on a regnar relay team, and remembers everyone's birthday (she's perfect!). But her children are her life blood. When they are together, the rest of the world is the chorus to their starring roles.

    I thought about this as I watched her stand between Robert and Harvey on the carousel, partly for safety and partly because they are energetically attached if you know what I mean. I am an emotional person to begin with, but seeing her and the boys reduces me to happy-tears. I know what she is feeling. I felt it too back when my three were small. In fact, I still do.

    Nothing feels like motherhood for me. Nothing.

    I wouldn't presume to say that fatherhood doesn't evoke some pretty strong emotions having watched my younger son with his new son. Their connection is beautiful and genuine and spiritual, but I have never been a father so I can only speak to a mother and her babies, and they are always babies even in that part of memory that holds that smell of the first time we hold them once they are born.

    Motherhood will always be the reason I am alive today. Without my children, there was no reason strong enough to keep me breathing. With them, there is always hope and connection. With them there is always love... Mama love.
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