My best friend from high school gave me this necklace last Sunday at Jamie’s birthday. She’d told me that it was called The Eternal Mother necklace as she placed the gift wrapped package in my hands. When I opened it at home, later, I was so very touched by her gift: it was a bird on a branch, protecting her egg – her baby – in the nest below.
The name of the necklace seems so appropriate, because motherhood changes us. Permanently. Once you become a mother, you forever remain a mother. Whether our child is two weeks old, one year old, in primary school, at university, or forty years old with their own children, he or she will always be our baby. And for those of us who have lost a child (or children), you never stop being their mother either. You never stop loving. You never stop caring. You never stop pondering. You never stop yearning. You never stop mothering.
I don’t have many necklaces that I consider to be all that precious, but this one is definitely a keeper. Thank you, San, for thinking of me. Motherhood is indeed a precious gift, one that I will never take for granted.
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