Motherhood is all about influence. Whether we are talking about creating a life in the womb or raising a child or inspiring a relationship once married; mothers shape us. I’m adopted and have often felt gratitude over the choice of my birth mother to give me up. Who would I be otherwise? My biology accounts for a considerable portion of what makes me unique–granted–and for that I have my birth mother to thank. However everything I know and conceptualize is inspired by my upbringing. My mother, who raised me, has perhaps influenced me the greatest. My sense of self I learned from watching her; my sense of humor I learned from listening to her laugh; my intuition I learned from her ability to know everything before I admit it. I believe who I am is attributed in part to who my mother is. Once I grew up and got married I learned about the influence of another mother, a mother-in-law. It wasn’t immediate but my heart opened up to accept the love and influence of a new mother who I have come to love entirely. As a daughter I have been changed by all my mothers. I cannot imagine who I am today without their inspiration–even if only biological. As I am a mother myself I often wonder how I am shaping the lives of my children. Hopefully they will grow to know their potential.
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