“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” (Oprah Winfrey)
Of course biology has a great deal to play in motherhood and I will be eternally grateful for your biological mothers, but I also love what this statement means in my life.
I love you just as you had been born from my womb, just as I had felt the pain of labor and delivery. Words can not express the feelings of my soul and the love that I feel for both of you.
This picture is very dear to me for many reasons, primarily because this is how we have spent most our first year together, each of you in one arm (I have very strong biceps now). I have held you tiny hands and watched them grow chubby. I have cuddled and rocked you until the sorrows have passed. I have fed and changed you until I had forgotten who had eaten and who had been changed. I have sung you lullabies and prayed for your growth and strength.
But most of all I have loved you.
I will always love you!
So the next time you ask if am your real mother or just your guardian, please remember the sleepless nights and extra tears. Don't forget about the laughter and the beautiful moments spent together for I am not going anywhere. We are in this together and what a beautiful journey we have started.