The Special Mother
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. Today, a few women will become mothers of special children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of special children are chosen?
Somehow, I visualize God hovering over Earth selecting from among women to become mothers with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make note in a giant ledger.
Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a special child."
The angel is curious, "Why this one, God? She's so happy."
"Exactly," smiled God. "Could I give a special child a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel!"
"But does she have patience?"asks the angel.
"I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it."
"I watched her today. She has the sense of self and independence that are so rare and necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world and that is not going to be easy."
"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."
God smiled. " No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."
The angel gasps. "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"
God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says "Mama" for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it. When she describes a tree or a sunset to her child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see -- ignorance, cruelty, prejudice -- and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."