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A Mother’s Day poem touches the heart

May 13, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

In honor of all mothers everywhere, I would like to share a poem that was given to me just after I became a mother. It is called "Before I was a Mom."

The author is unknown, but whoever wrote it touched my heart. I hope they touch yours, too.

Before I was a mom,

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.

I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.

I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a mom,

I had never been puked on, pooped on, chewed on, peed on.

I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.

I slept all night.

Before I was a mom,

I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.

Or give shots.

I never looked into teary eyes and cried.

I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a mom,

I never held a sleeping baby

Just because I didn't want to put him/her down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces

When I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that I could love someone so much.

I never knew I would love being a mom.

Before I was a mom,

I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.

I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.

I didn't know that something so small

Could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night

Every 10 minutes to make sure all was OK.

I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,

The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a mom.

I didn't know that I was capable of feeling so much,

Before I was a mom.

Wishing all mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers and friends, a very happy Mother's Day, from the bottom of my heart.


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(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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