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Barbara Weiser of Kewanee, Illinois recalls this converstation with her daughter when she was six:

"Mom, there are five things I want to be when I grow up."

"Oh, yeah? What are they?"

"I’m going to be a model, a movie star, a traveler and travel all around the world, and an artist and a singer."

"What about a mom?"

"I don’t know... I think that’s too hard for me."

Later that same day, Abbie remarked to me, "Mom, it’s too bad you didn’t get to become anybody when you grew up."

"But I am somebody," I explained. "I’m your mom! If I weren’t a mom then you wouldn’t be here right now dreaming of what you want to be someday!"

My young daughter was perceptive about one vital thing. Motherhood is not easy.

SOURCE: Kewanee Star Courier, May 5, 2004.

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