Jamaican Mommies by Shanoy Coombs: From Jamaica; for the world
When Rajneesh uttered the words “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new” he must have done so on a whim of extraterrestrial inspiration. This quote proves to be only too relevant and true.
Rewind to a year or two ago. The very thought of having a child scared me. I was a bit intimidated by countless annoying face offs with my 3 year old niece and it didn’t sit quite well having to hand over the remote control and endure countless cartoons, but what scared me most was what i deemed my inability to take care of a child. I was dead scared that I wouldn’t be good enough, caring enough, devoted enough, loving enough…
Fast forward to present and now i’ve learnt that all my fears and concerns were quite natural for many soon to be moms. Imagine persons in possession of a most precious piece of jewellery and see how they go to great lengths to ensure that their prized possession is properly protected.
In much the same way, since becoming a mother, life has made me into more of a protector, a savior even and made me truly understand that its not always what you think you’ll fail at, but the effort you put into making things work.
Its therefore no wonder that the first time you touch a little hand, see a new face and hear the first cries that you know that whatever the odds, you’ll be able to do your very best for that other life.
Seems like nothing short of a magical transformation really. But nothing you could have done, experienced or seen before could fully protect you for the immeasurable joy that being a mother brings. It sounds very cliche i know and had i not been cast into life’s wonderful net of motherhood, i would have discarded such a statement as being superfluous, but thankfully not any more. My life has no doubt been changed for the better and in a way that no level of verbosity can fully describe.
My heartstrings have been claimed, True love was being delayed for this exact moment, Thoughts and actions once thought impossible were waiting for this very arrival. Now my love knows no bounds…I’ve truly been claimed.
To my little Princess you have absolutely removed all my fears, made me into a mother, given me immeasurable experience that no presentation, school, professor or literature could give. I remain thankful for the blessing that you are and continue to be. You have truly made me know how to show unconditional love