For many of us, it is with great anguish we bring life into the world. There is pain in the unknowing, the fear of whether we will and our child/ren will survive the experience. Our bodies take over and we must simply surrender to the ebb and flow of contractions that we have no control over. And yet, this anguish, this punishment is also our badge of honor. We mothers carry our birth experiences. They live within us forever reminding us of our strength and courage. We are strong and capable. We create life and bring it into the world. Some of us did not physically birth our children. Some of us had to say goodbye to them before they were even born. Some of us found our children and were found by our children through the process of adoption. Some of us birthed our children and then gave them to another woman to raise. Some of us carried another woman's child to give her the gift of motherhood.
We have been given the gift to carry the children of the world and to educate the next generation. It is with great surrender we give birth to children and with great hope we grow them into adults. With love we sacrifice aspects of ourselves to inspire greatness in our children.
If every hardship can be seen as a challenge then I think the woman's curse can be seen as a gift instead. This is why in celebration of our courage I have called this site "The Woman's Gift."