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Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)
TITLE: My Sleeping Mirror
By Tammy Dovichak
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Pressure begins to build in my chest as my mind creates a slide-show of memories; Rubbing gentle circles on my hard, protruding belly as I telepathically pledge promises to my unborn child… After bath massages with lavender scented lotion for a wiggly pink toddler… Looking at her now I am truly in awe. Time has passed much too quickly and soon it will be too late to make a lasting impression on her innocent mind.
Night after night I ask myself how close I have really come to being the mother I started out to be. Have I done enough? Does she know that I struggle with guilt, night after night, because I repeatedly fall short of being the perfect parent?
Tears start to pool in the corner of my eyes as I watch her tiny chest rise and fall with each soft breath. My fingers pull sweat plastered hair from her porcelain doll face and trace the outline of her rose colored cheek. I lift myself from beside her and pull a fluffy pink comforter over her sleeping body. Her slumber is disturbed for just a moment as I place tonight’s last kiss on her delicate, freckled nose.
“Goodnight little Angel” I whisper in the dark. “Sleep sweet.”
Pausing for one last look I reflect on the things I should have done better today and vow to make another change tomorrow. Like any parent, each sunset reminds us of passing time and each sunrise brings the promise of improvement.
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