May 13, 2007

Broken Roads and Broken Hearts.

She came to California to escape. She came with dreams, most of them broken and a heavy heart...also broken.

She came looking for a new start.

She came expecting her first child.

As the car widened the distance from the past to the future, her memory was still at home, reliving everything from the past few months.

She was in love. She thought he loved her. She imagined them setting up the American Dream: 2.5 kids, white picket fence, dog in the front yard.
But what she got instead was rejection from him.

So she went to his parents. Surely they, of all people, would help. They knew her. They loved her. They said so, and how glad they were that their son had this calming influence in his life.

But all she got instead was rejection from them.

How do we know it's really his?
You could be doing this to trap him into a future that's not his.

He's not a child. He's 21. This is his child.

The conversations kept looping like annoying muzak in her brain as they drove.
California would be the answer. She & her mother and this unborn child would make a new life. A fresh start. She would find a love that would embrace both herself and this child.

No rejection. No judgemental eyes. Only love and a bright future.

Months raced by as she prepared for the New Arrival. Cute clothes to be purchased. Toys. A baby's room to be decorated. Yet all the time, in the back of her mind, that loop of rejection kept playing. This should be us. Not my mother and i. This should be a mother and a father planning this together.

Occasionally, she would imagine that he would come looking for her, like she used to dream as a child that her father (who left when she was three) would come back for her and her mother.

That would never happen.

The baby was born the day after her 21st birthday. A 21st birthday should be spent celebrating, but instead she got jello and split pea soup with a candle. Instead, she spent hours birthing a breech baby who, to make things more difficult, came out with the cord wrapped around her neck.

A girl. A girl who looked like him. Like the man who rejected her.

As the baby grew, she had no time to think of the past, as she did before. Occasionally, she would fall into the trap of What Could Have Been, but would stop, look at this baby, and remember that it's your past that shapes you, but your future is what you make of it.

She came to start a new life. Both for herself and the baby girl who writes this today.
I say she did a bang up job.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. i love you.


Anonymous said...

WOW. Valerie! I thought I was reading the beginnings of a great novel. Girlfriend, you have a talent that is fabulous!

And I call myself a writer!


Again I say WOW.

Happy Mother's Day.

doodlebugmom said...

And I agree. Your mom did a great job!

A beautiful tribute to her, Valerie

Melissa said...

Yes, I agree - a bang up job.

Thanks for the glimpse into your world. Today and every day.

Susie Q said...

Beautifull written girl...and with pride. Your Mom did an amazing are bothe amazing women.

Tracie said...

I was compelled to come read when I seen your comment on Jacquie's blog from today and I have to say that I too had that same reaction! Your words are written just like a novel (and they say that's how writers get their start, writing about what they know).

What a wonderful tribute to you mom, obviously a very strong willed woman who choose to persevere.

Jolene George said...

You my sweet friend are an amazing writer. I'm so glad you had a wonderful mother despited her struggles.
I finally got a box that fits the ribbon in it. I know I have your address because I sent you a Christmas card, but I can't find it. Can you send it to me again so I can get this mailed to you. Sorry it's late....still love you though. :o)

Doug Bagley said...

What a terrific tribute to your mother and what a courages mom you have. If there was a Hall of Fame for Mommas, yours would surely be in it.
God Bless her

Pat said...

Thanks for sharing your story! Very touching!

Kenny said...

Beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing this with us...