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You feel them grow in your belly for 9 month
they make you gain weight
ruin your body
give you heartburn and backache
and let you suffer unbelievably when they enter this world
are they worth it?

You take care of them nights and days
feed them every second hour
carry them around all night long
caress them, kiss them
spend every single minute of your time with them
are they worth it?

You bring them to nursery
sing and dance with them
read them stories
tell them fairy tales
teach them the miracles of this beautiful world
are they worth it?

You help them at school
explain maths and languages
dry their tears when they cry over a fight with their best friend
encourage them to continue
make them feel special even if their grades tell you differently
are they worth it?

You give up your own life
are nothing anymore than a mother
full of love for them
and you don't regret it because they are part of you
full of love for you and worth your efforts
are they worth it?

And then they grow up
live their own lifes, find their own people
who are special and important to them
You are out of the game
Don't ask, don't interfere, don't care anymore
the more you do, the more the'll hate you

You are left behind
alone, hurt, sad, empty
still all that love inside of you
not knowing who to give it to now
and you question yourself:

Where they worth it ?

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Reviewed by John Coppolella
I have heard this kind of thing before, now I remember where. Oddly perhaps, but it was on an episode of the TV series The Nanny. It was the episode with Cloris Leachman, as the Nanny that raised Maxwell Shefield, Fran's boss, when he was little. She gives a little speech to Fran the present Nanny, that said something to the effect, that the children grow up, but you still love them, and you move on to another family, and you love them too. But, in the end you still have a heart full of love and no one to give it too.



Catch that episode if you ever get a chance. Your poem was reflective of that wonderful performance by Cloris. She wasn't bad on Dancing with the Stars either for an 80 year old. Hope you make it that far to see how your children fare. Thanks for the thought provoking write.



Rockie Coppolella
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo
An Amazing and fantastic Poem .And your baby is worth every word of it .Thank you so much for sharing.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com
Expecting my second grandbaby any day now. And looking back every last pain (not at the time! LOL) was worth it.

The trick is dealing with the pain they bring as they grow. (Dented car fenders, broken bones, homework that got "forgot," and being a chauffeur for the neighborhood as well as boyscout popcorn fundraisers and camp sleeping on picnic tables trying to avoid the field mice while the girls scream "MOUSE MOUSE" in the cabin.

Yep, children are amazing. Wonder if the text of this was in pink because the subject of "worth is" is a little princess?

blessin's,glad to take some time out to read and enjoy your work during my sabbatical. Take care Amira.

cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Regina Pounds
Amira, you describe the parental path so well...no matter how the relationship between mother and child turns out in the long run -- there are the 'letting go of mom' extremes, but that can be a phase -- it has to be worth it...it's a contribution to the cycles of life.

That said, yes, those we love the most can hurt us the most -- either way.

Well expressed, Amira.

Thank you.
Gina
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
Waiting. . .
For the day. . .
When one can say. . . .
"That's my child."
Yet we travel down a two way street. . .
Where we look for our eyes to meet.
Was it worth it?
Only you can answer it.
Doug
Reviewed by Axilea MU
It is the hardest thing in the world. Being a mother. All that you write is true, but so is the joy. Giving and watching them leave can be difficult, but I can assure you that toxic parents who use you for their own image of loving parents and give you nothing - no love, no support, no help - are a disaster. I have had such selfish and abusive parents and that's enough for me to know that I will never be like them.

Heartfelt write.

Axilea
Reviewed by Sara Coslett
I think it is worth it, but I've never had children.

I have two secretaries who are mother and daughter. The mother started working for me 17 years ago. Her daughter started working part-time a year later, at around 14. She then went full time after she finished school. They both still work for me. Four years ago the daughter had her own daughter. After three months she came back to work with the baby. We set up a little nursery in her office.

Everyday since then, when I am in the office, I try to spend a little time with her. Some days I will spend hours, others just a moment. Seeing her change on a daily basis is the most rewarding part of being alive. And I am so envious of the billions of women who are mothers.

A year ago she had another baby, a son. So now Mother, daughter, granddaughter and grandson come to work everyday. And I am going to be heart-broken when the little one's go off to school. I will miss them very much.

Lately I've been very busy and the little girl has become very attached to her mother and brother. So I don't get to spend time with her.

Today she came into my office for the first time in maybe a week. I was so happy to see her there, I asked her for a hug. While she was in my arms I whispered how much I've missed her and thanked her for coming to see me. She replied, "I still love you even when I'm not with you." Imagine that from a four year old girl.

Okay this was a long comment. Sorry. But I do think they are worth it. Sometimes they need time and room to learn how to be their own person. And I imagine that is hard for both of you.

Good to see you again Amira. Take care ~ Sara
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
It is sad Amira; but the things that you state often do happen. I do believe it is still worth it but of course, I have never had to give birth. I think women are far more courageous than men anyway. Thank you for sharing your perspective. Love and best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
OH YES indeed YES!!!!

I have six children three of each gender; went through hell having them ..and yes, they are definitely worth it YAY!!!

Lovely poem..

blessings,

vesna
Reviewed by Felix Perry
It is sad when this kind of separation happens when kids grow up and we can only hope it is tempoary. I was fortunate my girl was really close even though her mother and I divorced when she was only young. As a result we shared her every dream in life together. From her first broken heart to the birth of her own daughter.
hugs
Fee

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
AMira I can Soooooo understand this!!

I am with you......and I know they are worth it...but do they realize what we have to live with to please them??!!

Love Tinka
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