December 5, 2014

As Long as it's Healthy. Dear Mommy-to-be...

Dear Mommy-to-be,

Someone asks you, “What do you want?  A girl or a boy?”  You reply, “I don’t care, as long as it’s healthy.”

Let me ask you this: If it’s not healthy, then what?  What about all the moms and dads who have babies who were not born healthy?  Are their babies less?  Unworthy?  Too much trouble?  A shame?  A tragedy?

I know you, so I know this is not what you mean.  What you mean to say is, “I don’t care, but I do hope and pray I have a healthy baby.”  Because if that turns out not to be the case, you will not love that baby less.  Cut out the “as long as.”  It changes the meaning of what you intend to say.  Unconditional love holds no ultimatum, and there should be no ultimatum with motherhood.

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