TOP OF THE MORNING | MAY 15
Greetings all – and welcome Monday – beginning of a brand new week.
How was your weekend?
Mine was really nice.
Many Mother’s Day text greetings + a call from my one and only – Hunter – child, my son – and cards from friends and family. Lots of love felt! Super special.
Here are the fantastic 12 I collected for today:
- A trip down memory lane – for many of us – greatness!
- NO DOGS OR GOLF – and other odd signage – chuckles all …
- Why we might consider putting a bowl of vinegar in the dishwasher. I’m in!
- 19 best cake box cakes = dessert yummo! Check ’em out for some cool ideas
- Got kids or grand-kids? This is so very cool! Online Archive free coloring book pages to download from vintage books + museums!
- Things every child (or the child within us) seeks to hear …
- RECIPE – never heard of this one – but how delish does this sound? Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
- There are lots of beef enchilada recipes out there – and then there is the BEST – this one!
- Healthy Chocolate-Banana- Bread MUFFINS – hello breakfast!
- Yo! cool vibe – the most Hippie towns in all 50 states
- The funniest sports signs you’ll see on the field – HA!
- Candid Camera Classic – LAZY HUSBAND – soooooo funny
BY ANNIE LANE
LOSS OF DAUGHTER MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE AROUND BABIES
Eleven years ago, I lost my 19-year-old daughter suddenly. Up until that point, I loved cuddling with babies. I loved everything about them, including their smell, their soft skin, their innocent eyes, etc. If a friend or family member had a baby, I wanted to hold the sweet thing and cuddle.
Since my daughter passed away, however, I no longer am comfortable with babies. I feel very nervous and anxious around them.
Recently, a woman I knew just briefly had a sweet little baby girl. When she introduced her new baby to me, she asked me if I wanted to hold her and she pushed the baby in my direction. I politely said, “No, thank you,” but she was persistent. Then the people in the group we were with were acting like I was being rude by not wanting to hold the baby.
I want people to know, first, that their baby is not a toy for others to play with. Second, not everyone wants or feels comfortable with a baby, for personal reasons. This is nothing against them or the baby necessarily.
A baby is a trigger to many people who have lost one. ~ Loves Babies from a Distance
Dear Loves Babies from a Distance:
Thank you very much for your letter. It really highlights the theme of not judging someone’s actions when you don’t know their full story. When the woman thrust her baby on you, she didn’t respect your wishes and was not being very compassionate. At the same time, she might have been exhausted and just needed someone to hold her baby (but sill not your job).
I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. There is life before and life after you endure a tragedy of such magnitude. If a baby is a trigger for you, you have every right to not want to hold a baby. Thank you for sharing your letter, and I pray that you have a wonderful grief support system in place.
~ Send your questions for Annie Lane to email@example.com.
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