To “L”, the little girl I got to play Play Doh with,
Do you know how strong your mommy is? She is AMAZING and she loves you so much. You can see it in the way her face lights up as she watches you play. You can hear it in how excited she gets when you show her your glob of Play Doh and she asks “is that a hot dog???” Your mommy is working to give you and your unborn baby brother a beautiful life. She loves you so much.
Recently, I was lucky enough to help throw a party for the women and children of a crisis pregnancy center in Washington, D.C. I was astounded by the women there, some of whom came from backgrounds of sexual and/or domestic abuse. There were young pregnant teens who were trying to make it on their own, and many others who came from other awful places where they were treated like trash. However, my reaction in seeing these women wasn’t one of sadness or pity - it was one of hope.
These women have done it. They have CHOSEN LIFE for their little babies.
What strength that takes!
Here we had women who were looking for jobs and apartments. Young girls were taking classes to finish their high school education. Some worked long hours, sometimes even all night. They were all trying to give their children the life they deserve: a life full of opportunities. To these mothers, it doesn't matter how difficult their lives may have been up to that point.
What love was present in the room!
The hardest thing to hear from a pro-choice person is that we pro-lifers only care about the unborn child, not the women or their lives after. I’m here to say that this couldn’t be more wrong. It is centers like this one in D.C. that prove that we believe women are strong and beautiful and capable. I wasn’t filled with pity, only admiration.
It is impossible to imagine even half of the things some of these mothers have gone through. They were standing tall, working hard, and loving their babies with all their hearts. For me, these women were, and still are, a source of inspiration. I can only hope to, one day, be as strong and loving as they were.
So, thank you mommies for loving your children so much. Thank you for choosing life. You are warriors. Your children are so lucky to have you.
And thank YOU, reader, for loving and supporting these beautiful women and their beautiful children. I encourage you to please donate to your local center - they are always in need of supplies and support. Consider volunteering! They would love to have your help and your smiling face. A smile can go a long way!