"I never had any questions except one about the moment when I could die.  I should have chosen the moment before the arrival of my children, for since then I've lost the option of dying.  The sharp smell of their sun-baked hair, the smell of sweat on their backs when they wake from a nightmare, the dusty smell of their hands when they leave a classroom, meant that I have to live, to be dazzled by the shadow of their eyelashes, moved by a snowflake, bowled over by a tear on their cheek.  My children have given me the exclusive power to blow on a wound to make the pain disappear, to understand words unpronounced, to possess the universal truth."

-Kim Thuy




I wonder, everyday, what being a mum will feel like.

Rollin, face against parlour glass. (reading the letters)
  

22 comments:

  1. The unexpected part is that the feelings toward your baby grow and intensify as they grow. You think you can't possibly feel more but you do, everyday. It's almost frightening. "for since then I've lost the option of dying". That is the truth that unfolds everyday as the knowledge of what it means to be a mother becomes clear to you. Good quote.

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  2. Wow. Those words got to my heart so fast. That paragraph represent every feeling a mother has to her children. Thank you so much for posting that phrase.

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  3. I do too. All the time.
    Also, love love love that photo! too precious.

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  4. it's the most perfect feeling; so much more natural than i had ever expected. i am waiting to hear the news of your baby being born almost as anxiously as i was waiting for mine!

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  5. Kim Thuy's work is deeply moving, you have good taste (but I knew that already.)

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  6. Tears over here. So many tears! You are going to be a wonderful mom.

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  7. You know that quote about kids being your heart walking outside of your body? Pretty much that.

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  8. you will love it. it will hurt. and it will be amazing.

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  9. the best feeling.

    great words.
    have a great weekend

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  10. What a quote.

    And, wow. You are going to be an incredible mother.

    Also, that photo. I cannot get enough.

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  11. Your child helps you to become a wonderful mother,each day at each second. I have 5,each of them makes me her better mother.Your baby shows you the way,be faithful.

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  12. Wow, that quote just stilled my heart. So much truth in those words. Being a mama feels like the best thing in the world. It is also the first thing I've ever done so unconditionally; maybe even the best I've ever done something. Excited for you!

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  13. i just fell in love with your photos! so beautiful moments.
    first time visit, i will be back.

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  14. c'est derrière les vitres qu'on fait les photos les plus drôles !!
    j'adore celle-ci !

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  15. completely beautiful and something I eagerly look forward to.

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  16. Such beautiful words. Congrats! : ) I have to ask-you snap a lot of photos, what do you do with them all? I ask because I enjoy taking photos too but they end up in messy piles and boxes. Any tips? Thanks!

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  17. It will be the hardest challenge and the best time of your life. I promise.

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  18. My mother said it best and I have felt it everyday since the last day of May of this yer when I gave birth to my boy:

    "Being a mother is having your heart love outside of you for the rest of your life. Every single day I still worry about you."

    She may have been quoting someone else but damn that's exactly it.

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