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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