Wisdom and insight from a doula’s 16 year old son, in response to a question from his English teacher:
If you could offer a newborn baby one piece of advice, what would it be?
Think about it: You are directly influencing the life of a human being. What you say and do in that moment could shape the entire course of a person’s life. There are so many things that you could say, but you must choose one. In my case, it would be a combination of action and words. I would pick up the baby and hold it gently, so as to calm it and show it kindness, and say something along the lines of, “During your life, people will try to get the best of you. They will try their very hardest to make you feel like you are the most useless piece of garbage on the planet. Don’t let them get to you, but know that you are one of the most incredible beings on this planet. Be happy with what you have, who you are, and do the very best you can with what you are given.”
Zackary, you continue to bless and amaze me. I am grateful to get to be your mom.