Sunday, May 13, 2012

Two words of advice I remember still

By Mary Mazzoni from Life After IEPs


Twenty five years ago, just as we were about to leave the hospital with our baby girl, a nurse looked into my eyes. And she gave me two words of advice.

This woman had the gift of being truly present. She could sense how hard I was trying, already, to be a “perfect mom”.

In that moment, when she spoke to me, I felt Seen. Safe. Respected.

When she said those two words, I was able to receive them. I didn’t understand them well. But I did receive them.

And, like birdsong, those words have gently floated into my awareness – over and over again. In all the many seasons since that long-ago day. 

She said, simply: 
“Enjoy her.”

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