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A Mother’s Day poem touches the heart

May 13, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor (lletusick@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

In honor of all mothers everywhere, I would like to share a poem that was given to me just after I became a mother. It is called "Before I was a Mom."

The author is unknown, but whoever wrote it touched my heart. I hope they touch yours, too.

Before I was a mom,

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.

I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.

I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a mom,

I had never been puked on, pooped on, chewed on, peed on.

I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.

I slept all night.

Before I was a mom,

I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.

Or give shots.

I never looked into teary eyes and cried.

I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a mom,

I never held a sleeping baby

Just because I didn't want to put him/her down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces

When I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that I could love someone so much.

I never knew I would love being a mom.

Before I was a mom,

I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.

I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.

I didn't know that something so small

Could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night

Every 10 minutes to make sure all was OK.

I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,

The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a mom.

I didn't know that I was capable of feeling so much,

Before I was a mom.

Wishing all mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers and friends, a very happy Mother's Day, from the bottom of my heart.

DO?YOU?LOOK?LIKE?SOMEONE?FAMOUS?

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous? If you have, please share your story with me by e-mailing it to lletusick@heraldstaronline.com or mailing it to 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH 43952 to my attention. Or, you can call me at (740) 283-4711 Tuesday or Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. I look forward to hearing your stories.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

 
 

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