A morning of warnings . . .

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This morning when I was sipping coffee and watching the news, an ad for a new medicine came on and I actually watched and listened to it, all the way through.  What a frightening thing a medicine ad is these days.  It listed everything that could possibly happen to anyone in any situation.  I understand, of course, that the long list gives them protection from lawsuits.  Yet I know, and you know, that if you really need this drug you will go ahead and take it anyway.

It occurred to me that if a young woman was contemplating whether she wanted to become a mother, there should be such a list of warnings.  It might read something like this:

Becoming a mother can cause tremendous swelling in the mid-section which may threaten to return throughout life.  Being a mother can cause you to run your legs off.  It can fill your head with worries about anything that could ever happen.  It can present problems that are hard to stomach and in the early years can cripple your social life and cause loss of sleep.  Motherhood may change the vision you had for your life, and at times cause loss of hearing.  There may be stress in shouldering responsibilities and footing bills.  At times there could be headaches accompanied by an itching to get away, alone.

The list could go on and on, and finally conclude:    Probably the most universal side effect is this . . .  Becoming a mother ties strings to your heart that can never be removed.

Yet I know, and you know, despite any warnings, that young woman will go right ahead and have those kids, if she can..  And she’ll love them forever.  That other stuff . . well, it just doesn’t count.

 

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  1. Betty
    May 08, 2015 @ 18:52:12

    Thank you. We are going to give Larry’s mom our copy of your book for Mother’s Day and order another for us. She just lost her husband of almost 70 years this past January. I’m sure she will appreciate it. I just realized that we never met face to face but I feel as if I know you. We’ve stayed in your condo in Hawaii and have wonderful memories and appreciated your generosity. Thank you and keep writing.

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  2. Sara
    May 08, 2015 @ 19:45:44

    very cute……    Sent with Aloha, Sara

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  3. Margy Ehrenfried
    May 08, 2015 @ 22:11:57

    Wonderful! You say it so well, Doris. Margy

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  4. Donna Thomas
    May 09, 2015 @ 11:57:02

    Oh, Doris sage advice and humor, too. 😳

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  5. Addie Scheve
    May 10, 2015 @ 13:21:37

    Doris, Loved the heartwarming  poem, and the clever ‘warning’ article.   You’re just getting better and better.  Of course, that means you’ll have to publish another book…Get busy!!  Love, Addie

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