Tomorrow marks a week since I got that long awaited phone call; “Donna? My water just broke.” she nervously stated through the cell phone. My heart began to pound out of my chest and an emotional lump began rapidly growing in my throat, as my mind raced past the years of witnessing the transition from broken little girl to beautiful very-soon-to-be new mommy.
To have known her as a confused child who just got her first period (sitting with me and an encyclopedia opened to U for Uterus, as I tried to explain that babies don’t actually come out of a stomach) and to now know her as a woman, wife and a brand new mommy…unexplainable.
To have ached with her over her first heartbreak.
To have held her hand when she got her belly ring.
To have cheered loudly for her during basketball games and various awards ceremonies.
To have rushed her anxiously to the dentist when some kid knocked her front tooth loose on the basketball court.
To have cried proud tears as she received her diploma.
And now I ache for her, and cheer for her, and rush to her, and hold her hand, and cry proud tears as she becomes a mommy herself –
hoping knowing that as she mothers her new little one, a piece of me will be in there somewhere guiding her maternal instinct. She may not have come from my womb but she is still a product of my heart, and I am so proud of my sis-in-law, Shade!
Welcome to the world, Arwen Elison aka Miss Ari Girl! I love you so much already and want you to know that you are blessed and a blessing. Good job, Shade and Devon…and good luck