Opinion

Why I choose life

Even before you took your first breath, I loved you.

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Because before that moment, I knew you were mine. Not just “potential life,” you were already a living miracle, just waiting for the right time to meet the world.

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A living, precious child – and I wanted to keep you safe. As safe as I could.

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I knew there would be moments I would want to soothe your hurts and comfort all your pain.

(Photo credit: Francisco Osorio on Flickr)

(Photo credit: Francisco Osorio on Flickr)

I knew there would be pain I couldn’t save you from.

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I also knew you would experience great accomplishments, and that I would be proud, even of the small ones.

(Photo credit: Patrick Feller on Flickr)

(Photo credit: Patrick Feller on Flickr)

Sometimes, my heart would hurt when you tried and failed. I knew I would cheer for you, even when others laughed at you. But I knew, too, that it might not always be enough.

(Photo credit: U.S. Army on Flickr)

(Photo credit: U.S. Army on Flickr)

But I knew that no matter what happened to you, you would see new life in this world – that, together, we would bring new life to this world.

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I saw the memorable moments I hoped for your future.

(Photo credit: Kathleen Conklin on Flickr)

(Photo credit: Kathleen Conklin on Flickr)

I knew that, though you were small today…

(Photo credit: Julie, Dave, and family on Flickr)

(Photo credit: Julie, Dave, and family on Flickr)

…one day, that would all change. I would miss the child you were, but be so very proud of the adult you would become.

(Photo credit: SteveBrownd50 on Flickr)

(Photo credit: SteveBrownd50 on Flickr)

And so, my precious little one, I choose life. For you, and for the little ones yet to come. So that, one day, we can all celebrate together about the choices we made for life. So that we can all make it to that party.

(Photo credit: Deb Stgo on Flickr)

(Photo credit: Deb Stgo on Flickr)

I choose life because you are worth it. Because these moments can only come if this moment continues.

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I choose life because it has already been chosen for you. Who am I to step in the way? Who am I to stop the destiny you were created for?

I choose life for you, my child, because by saving your life, I save the world. The world, after all, is made up of so many, tiny, little yous.

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