I love this pose because to me it symbolizes the womb. It makes me think about how just a few short days before this portrait was taken little Roman was all curled up just like this in his mother’s warm cozy belly. Isn’t it an amazing miracle that a woman can grow a baby? When I think about how two tiny little cells grow and create something so complex and perfect I am utterly astounded. To me it is life’s greatest miracle. But another miracle that takes place as baby grows safe and sound is that change that works within a soon to be mother. We go from being mostly selfish, it is true, even if we really love our spouse, friends and family we are still mostly concerned with looking out for ourselves. To amazingly selfless. This change is manifested first by our bodies. The changes that take place there are our first selfless act. Then once our babies are born there is more proof with sleepless nights. But every once in a while the forces of the world are stacked against us mothers and we prove ourselves with the most beautiful acts of selflessness – they touch the hearts of everyone.
Our babies start off their lives being protected by our wombs. And as they grow we continue to protect them. We shelter them for harm. Most of the time this is done we do it mentally by protecting our children from harmful places, people and substances. But there are those time when our bodies preform a great work. Mothers all over the world are prepared to give their hearts to their children and their lives if need be.
As I look at this beautiful picture of a tiny baby wrapped and protected I think about how his mother is now transformed into a remarkably selfless woman. She will give her all to her son. And if needs be, just as the mother from Japan, during the quakes and tsunamis, who covered her child with her body to save that precious life, this mother will do the same. We don’t stop at the womb you see. Once a mother, our love and sacrifice knows no bounds. We will shelter and protect.
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