Our daughters are the most precious of our treasures, the dearest possessions of our homes and the objects of our most watchful love. – Margaret E. Sangster
19 years ago today, I gave birth to the most breathtakingly beautiful baby girl. I know, every mother says that but this time, it’s the truth! We chose not to know the sex of our children ahead of time and I was truly surprised! I was so certain that it would be another boy, I barely gave the idea of a girl more than a passing thought. But, wow, a little girl!!! Pink and purple, lace and pony tails. Wow! And then there’s the responsibility of raising a daughter. I didn’t react the same way with a boy. Boys were still a bit foreign to me and I revelled in having the one I had. But raising a daughter in this world was a bit daunting. Knowing what it is like to be a woman made it both harder and easier at the same time. Funny, even now, 19 years later, I still don’t always know what to tell her. Usually I say more than she needs to hear but sometimes I’m afraid I don’t say enough. My breathtakingly beautiful baby girl is 19 today! She is bright, charming and lovely. She went away to school this year and the separation has been a little hard for both of us because we truly enjoy being together. My baby girl is 19 today and I am so proud to call her my daughter…and my friend!
Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the future…. As though experiencing an earthquake, mothers of daughters may find their lives shifted, their deep feelings unearthed, the balance struck in all relationships once again off kilter. – Elizabeth Debold and Idelisse Malave
A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. – Agatha Christie