These girls.

I’ve loved a song for a long time.  It’s called The Red Thread, but Lucy Kaplansky.  It’s about the invisible ties that bind us, and in the song, she’s preparing to become a mother for the first time to an adopted daughter, and she’s singing to her mother.  There’s a line that’s always stayed with me:

“I’m the girl who learned to love by watching you.”

I always wanted to be that mother.  I wanted to be the mother that taught her daughters to love sheerly by her example.

It’s Mother’s Day, technically.  It’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep.  I keep lying here, thinking of these six beautiful daughters, and I can’t believe they are mine.  They have given me a life I never knew could be possible.

If I were to tiptoe into their rooms right now and whisper one thing, it would be this:

I’m the girl who learned to love by watching you.”

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