Photo Essay

A Gift of Love


Could there be nothing richer, nothing as profound as the love of a mother for her child? When I first saw this topic, I wondered how I might decide on one person. Surely, I thought, there is the love I feel for my husband—a soul mate, if ever. A man of words.

There are my mom and da, each departed, but loved and cherished still. My older brothers, loved for certain.

In this rumination, what became clear is that my son, that sweet boy who wishes on weeds, pretends to be an astronaut, and championed the candidacy of Barack Obama because "Mom, someone's got to care for the poor"— has redefined each us simply by coming into our lives. The time before him though recalled, is less luminous. He is light and goodness—mischief and at times mayhem.

In writing this bit of missive, I found myself further thinking about the rough beginnings we each make as we come into the world; the uncertainty that frames existence and I wondered more about my son's birth mother who bravely gave up this child. A mere teen herself, I think of her now and it is she for whom I write this.

Here, I want to reach across the wide span of land and ocean that separates us and thank her. In this quasi thirdspace of digital light, I hope she finds this message. I hope this soothes her at times when she most needs to know that "our" child is well, whole, and surely loved.

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19 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Hell...Yeah! It rocks!

  • Neil Woo

    Neil Woo said (19 Dec 2008):

    well that rocks, well done

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Beautiful! One of the best in the theme, Mary Ann! Very touching and loving story and wonderful photos!

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    What a genuinely moving story. Beautifully written and depicted. A definite Yeah!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (19 Dec 2008):


  • Norman Caldwell

    Norman Caldwell (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    very special...

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    this is beautiful, Mary Ann. I am voting.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    lovely, both the story n the photos. voted!

  • Katie S

    Katie S gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Heartfelt and vote for sure.

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Oh my! You've touched my heart. Of course, I've voted "Yeah."

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Wonderful story, I voted yeah

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Mary Ann, this is touching and beautiful!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    what a gift... to you, your son and his birth mother.

  • Elise Ange

    Elise Ange gave props (20 Dec 2008):

    Very moving, nicely done!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Dec 2008):

    what a wonderful essay accompanied by your son's awesome photos, My vote., Mary Ann.

  • F. Robert Openshaw

    F. Robert Openshaw gave props (21 Dec 2008):

    A lovely essay and very emotioal photos. Peace and happiness to you.

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (27 Dec 2008):

    Voted yes, wonderful story.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    A beautiful awesome tribute...amazing photos. I hope the woman who gave you such a gift can somehow know how much joy she has given you.

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (11 Jan 2009):

    fantastic story, Mary Ann. so touching. this absolutely gets my vote.

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