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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
TITLE: STOP PUSHING
By Connie Allen
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HEY! STOP PUSHING ME! I don't want to leave this place of comfort. They did not listen to me, and I came out screaming, kicking my legs and flailing my arms. Who are these creatures? They are all dressed in strange coverings and I can only see their eyes, but they really have not hurt me, but I am scared. One caught me and handed me over to another one who took something and wiped it all over me. They put something on my chest and listened through a long tube they had stuck in their ears. The next thing I know I am being wrapped in something they called a blanket and I was screaming, "I want my Mommy"... These creatures could not hear me but they seem to be caring.
I was safe inside my Mommy, safe and comfortable, but now I am so afraid. What is going on? They placed me in the familiar arms of my mommy and I felt safe again. Mommy held me close so I quit kicking and flailing my arms and then she began to feed me and I thought all is well now. I am back in my comfort zone.
When I awoke from a very peaceful sleep, I was again in a strange place. Nothing looked or felt familiar to me and again I was scared so I began to cry loudly. "Mommy"! Of course no one heard me say Mommy, 'cause I could not form words, just sounds, but somehow "mommy" knew I called her and she came, took me in her arms and I rested my head on her shoulder and all was well again.
This continued for a while and as "Mommy" kept telling me 'everything is going to be alright ' I began to relax and then when I moved my legs and arms it was for exercise rather than from fear and anxiety. Later I learned I could sit up and crawl. Wow! This is neat, look at all this stuff, I wonder what it taste like? I began to explore my new surroundings and tasting everything I could get my hands on, some was good, some was not so good. Learning to walk was a blast. At first I had to have help with someone holding my hands to keep me steady but finally I tried it on my own. I was so pleased with myself that when I fell down I looked at my Mommy and with a grin said "I haul down"...then I pulled myself up and tried again with success.
As I began to grow and learn more and more of my surroundings, I kind of liked it a lot. I had already forgotten my original existence and was moving forward with my new season of life.
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