From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 15

The day I had to stop dead in my tracks in the aisle of a busy supermarket was one of the worst in my life. I was pregnant, and so large I had long since forgotten what either my feet or my legs looked like. During one of the hottest Augusts on record, going anywhere was torture. But we were out of milk.

In all my magazines, the maternity advertisements showed blissful mothers-to-be in adorable outfits, perfect hairdos—even high heels. Here I was: miserable, a whole month past my due date, with cramps in both feet so excruciating I couldn’t move. My face beet-red, I pretended not to notice the angry shoppers whose way I was blocking, and then I heard a little girl’s voice: “Mommy, why does that lady look so funny?”

That mother said something that was a blessing to me during those final miserable days and during my next two pregnancies as well: “It’s because God has given that woman a tiny baby to carry next to her heart.”

And even after our children are born, we mothers will carry them next to our hearts our whole lives long.

Bonnie Compton Hanson

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