If I could have a conversation with the little Estela in the picture, it might go something like this:
You will be a mother one day. The experience will humble you like no other. You will gain an appreciation for your parents that cannot be learned any other way.
You will spend many nights praying for your children. You will worry. There is no way around this. You will love them more than you know you are capable of and they will love you back just as hard. For several weeks after each beautiful baby is born, you will wake many times at night to make sure their sweet breath keeps the same steady rhythm that was set before they met the larger world. You will tickle their bellies and never tire of that wonderful scent that is the strongest at the top of the head near the soft spot.
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