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Posted by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger. "Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He’s used to profanity." "Forrest, Marjorie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia." "Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew." Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child." The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She’s so happy." "Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel." "But has she patience?" asks the angel. "I don’t want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she’ll handle it." "I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I’m going to give her has her own world. She has to make her live in her world and that’s not going to be easy." "But, Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?" God nods. "If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a ’spoken word’". She will never consider a "step" ordinary. When her child says ’Momma’ for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!" "I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side". "And what about her Patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air. God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."

~Erma Bombeck
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Bluecalm
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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I always loved this piece by Erma Bombeck. Thanks for sharing!
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mom2many747
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Thank you for her name!!! It was something that I took down from online years ago but the person who posted it didn't quote the original author. Thanks again!!

Quoting Bluecalm:

I always loved this piece by Erma Bombeck. Thanks for sharing!
darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jun. 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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Love this...thanks for sharing!

letstalk747
by Ruby Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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 i love this

Bluecalm
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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Quoting mom2many747:

Thank you for her name!!! It was something that I took down from online years ago but the person who posted it didn't quote the original author. Thanks again!!

Quoting Bluecalm:

I always loved this piece by Erma Bombeck. Thanks for sharing!

You're welcome! Erma was one of my mom's favorite writers and she had all her books.

 

SamMom912
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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Thank you for sharing. 

cnsmom
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM
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I love it.  Thanks for sharing, It took me a while to read it, because of the tears in my eyes.

Linagma03
by Platinum Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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Thanks for sharing! That was really sweet.


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Basherte
by Bronze Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM
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That's so cute.

What does a pagan mother say to this?

Thank you so much for sharing.

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mom2many747
by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM
That's a good question. I don't know exactly what pagan is. Is that when you don't believe in anything or when you have beliefs but don't claim a religion?

I hope that's not an offensive way to ask...


Quoting Basherte:

That's so cute.

What does a pagan mother say to this?

Thank you so much for sharing.

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