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Always My Baby You’ll Be

Always my baby you’ll be.

When she had spoken my thoughts and giggled so sweetly, her gap-toothed smile charming me completely, I had suddenly thought of my mother for some reason. I thought of me sitting in her lap at 20 years old, crying into her red hair, pouring my heartbreak into her understanding ear after a terrible breakup with a boy I loved. I had never thought for even a moment that my grown woman body was too big for her lap. Instead, in my angst, I had simply fallen comfortably into the place that felt best, and where I needed to be to find comfort.

And I missed her then. My Mommy. This adult woman missed her Momma’s lap.

Always my baby you’ll be.

I suppose that’s why God granted me the gift of motherhood within the year after my mother’s passing. So I could take comfort in holding my own baby girl in my lap, to soften the blow of no longer being the baby myself.

I glanced over to my right. My 8-year-old looked radiant beside me. So grown, yet still so little. Beautiful, cute. Big, little. Inquisitive, innocent. Bold, dependent. Always my baby, no matter what. She had just turned eight, and if you thought about things in a five-year-plan sorta way then she would be a teenager in just a short, half-decade timeframe. It seemed only yesterday that we were hanging Noah’s Ark wall border in her nursery, and I would take frequent breaks in the floor because my belly ached with the weight of her pulling on my abdominal muscles. Now, though, I had to catch my breath from the weight it tugged on my heart to think of how fast that baby had grown. Too fast. Long days, short years. No saying had ever proven [truer].

I stole one more quick glance at my growing girl. She smiled back slyly, and we both grinned.

Always my baby you’ll be.

Always.

Brie Gowen
Brie Gowenhttp://briegowen.com/
Brie Gowen is a 30-something (sliding ever closer to 40-something) wife and mother. When she’s not loving on her hubby, chasing after the toddler or playing princess with her four-year-old, she enjoys cooking, reading and writing down her thoughts to share with others. Brie is also a huge lover of Jesus. She finds immense joy in the peace a relationship with her Savior provides, and she might just tell you about it sometime. She’d love for you to check out her blog at BrieGowen.com.

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