Giving Thanks

This year I have so much to be grateful for, it is hard to know where to begin.  By far, the biggest blessing is our son Aaron.  As Ben and I look at him, we can’t believe we’ve been entrusted with something so pure.  It’s a sacred trust, according to my good friend Judith Montgomery.  The life-giving energy of a new baby is so profound, it reaches back into your past and changes the way you view the future.  I see my mother and father with a newfound gratitude, a sense of overwhelming love. It’s like this sweet grace poured out over all of our human shortcomings, because in spite of them, a new life has come forth, through us.

This year we celebrated with our dear friend Irena Polic, her adorable and rambunctious twin 4-year olds, my mom Bobbi, and my big brother Jesse. Irena lived with my family when she was a senior in high school (I was a freshman), and we’ve been crazy about her ever since.  She is Croatian, beautiful, brilliant and a fabulous example of a woman who balances career and motherhood.  It’s amazing to look at us, just teenagers when we first met, and here we are, both moms of sweet young children.

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2 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. Rebekah says:

    I love your description of motherhood. The elation in the genuine innocence of a child makes everything else very pale in your life. Children are a gift we are undeserving of. We had friends for Thanksgiving here in Brooklyn, friends who don’t have a baby of their own yet. They were enamored of Sam, fascinated by the life I have with him; the life of selflessness. This was so sweet and also so wrong to me. Being a parent is not selfless, I think it’s incredibly selfish. It’s incredibly gratifying, and incredibly rewarding.

    • rebeccaannafaubion says:

      I so agree with you Rebekah, about the gratifying experience of being a mother. It’s like we discover ourselves as women in a new and dynamic way–you feel like your life is expanding, not contracting. You find a strength within yourself you never believed you had. There is more to life, more to love, than you knew possible before.

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