Because & In Spite Of
This is my most favorite photo of my son, Andrew. It seems so long ago when I would wake him up from his naps so that we could go and pick up his big sister from preschool. And before we left the house, he always asked me to put his blanket around him like a cape. He loved wearing makeshift capes ... in case he needed to use his super powers to protect me, I am certain.
And here's one of my favorite photos of Monica. She wanted nothing to do with capes. But pretty dresses with pretty socks and pretty shoes were what she loved. Princess powers were what she regularly channeled ... to beguile and bewilder all who interacted with her.
After years of being their mother, I've come to know a few things. They are my heart. And there are no others in this world who have made me into a better person than Andrew and Monica. And I'm proud to know that frequently, it is because of me that they have known happiness. But I'm prouder to know that occasionally, it is in spite of me they have also known happiness.
Blessed am I.