On Awaiting Maternal Applause
I have to admit, I'm expecting it to come at any moment. Applause,wows,gasps, even sometimes looks of adoration in their eyes. Low whistles of marvel: "So .. You did it..." They breathe slowly, eyebrows raised, head nodding, taking the incredible in."You had a baby..."
And I would lower my head,bashfully, shrugging my shoulders, but look at them, connect deep eye to eye and say,gratefully:"Yes,thank you..I did. I really did it."
And in a hushed corner,full if squishy pillows, we would curl up and I would tell them stories of pregnancy, birth,realizations after bringing another soul into this world, and we would marvel together at this miracle and my courageous hand in it.