Safe.
October 11, 2010

We are standing at the park, pushing our babies on the swings, talking about the lengths we travel to keep our children safe and their environment healthy.  The stainless steel sippy cups and the solar panels.  The natural finish on wood floors and the reverse osmosis water filtration.  The organic cottons and the home-made soap.

“I wasn’t always like this,” I hear myself laughing.  “I used to be normal.”

She chuckles.  She used to be normal too, she says.  But these babies, they change everything.

I’m nodding, then.  Looking at my little girl, with the light of the sun in her hair and the color of the sky in her eyes.  Watching her smile as she bobs to and fro in the swing, making barking sounds as she points to the woman walking her dogs nearby.  I’m breathing her in, memorizing this moment, feeling quite a bit like a mother.  I’m thinking: THEY SURE DO.


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  1. By on October 11, 2010

    I wouldn’t ever trade this life for being “normal” :-)

  2. By Elizabeth on October 11, 2010

    So wonderful, too.

  3. By on October 11, 2010

    I’m normal now. I’m also not a mother. Talk to me when I have a child and I’m sure I’m going to be just like you. I’m at the edge, I think a child will push me over into being just like you.

  4. By Widelawns on October 11, 2010

    My baby isn’t even born yet (any day now) and I have already turned into a toxin-phobic maniac. I know it’s going to get worse. I’ve tried to some extent to stop it, but I haven’t been very successful alas.

  5. By kk @ the mom diggity on October 11, 2010

    So true. But hey, what is “normal” anyway?? :)

  6. By on October 11, 2010

    Sarah,  Charlotte is a beautiful little girl.  It seems that you and Donald are doing a wonderful job.  You also write wonderfully. You might think of writing a book.

  7. By Dana on October 11, 2010

    Each of my kiddos have changed me in so many good ways. but my 3rd. My sweet Molly has me so tight around her fingure I will never be the same.

  8. By Amber on October 12, 2010

    Oh my goodness, I couldn’t agree more. Nate has turned me into an even bigger freak than I could have ever imagined. It’s fantastic :)

  9. By on October 12, 2010

    Beautiful baby. Beautiful post.


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