Friday, January 11, 2008

"How Preemie Moms Are Chosen"

This was shared with me by another Micro Preemie Mommy. Its beautiful and I wanted to share it with all of you.

"How Preemie Moms Are Chosen" by Erma Bombeck

Did you ever wonder how the mothers of premature babies are chosen? Somehow, I visualize God hovering Earth, selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger. "Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity." Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles.

"Give her a preemie."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a premature baby a mother who knows no laughter? That would be cruel."

"But does she have the patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she'll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has a world of it's own. She has to make it 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 the right amount of selfishness."

The angel gasps, "Selfishness! Is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't know 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 witness to a miracle and know it. I will permit her to see clearly the things that 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 she is here by my side."

"But what about her Patron Saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in the air.

God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

I'm no saint, but many preemie mommies are. So next time you meet one, know that you're meeting a VERY special person.


Anonymous said...

You are a saint in my eyes! Love, Marietta

Sarah said...

Truly amazing. It makes me slow down and take a deep breath. If I don't say it enough or at all... you are doing a wonderful job and all 3 of you have come so far. I am very proud of you.

Sarah said...

I love the pictures with her Elmo!Well I love all of her pictures!

kimberly said...

I came accross your site when I googled Saints for preemies. I read your poem you had posted and it made me cry. My daughter was born 1lb 14oz she will be 2mths on the 21st. I look at her in amazement everytime I go to visit her and wonder how a child so tiny and fragile can go through so much! There are some days where the emotionalpain is so bad but it is not about me it is about her and I have to stay strong for her!Sarah has definitely made me a stronger person and has taught me so much these past few months and I thank God for everday she is here!! Your daughter is so beautiful and I hope the best for her in the future!!