[originally posted at my old blog on 21 July 2009]
This year, my child’s birthday prompted me to seek out some other women’s stories, their retellings of their birthing memories as they’re pulled back into them on their children’s birthdays. Here are a few I found interesting and moving:
- “The Event that Changed My Life Forever” at Crunchy Domestic Goddess
- “What a Mother Learns in 18 Years” at Lisa Belkin’s NYT blog Motherlode
- “Happy Birthing Day” at Francesca Amendolia’s blog Making it Up (in which the author aptly describes thinking, each year on her birthing days, “What it was like in the morning when there was no baby. What it was like as the baby was born. What it was like calling them by name for the first time. They remember none of this. I remember it all.”
- “Six Years Ago Today” at Knitting Iris
- “Two Years Ago Tonight …” at Chapter Four
Have you written anything along these lines? If you have children, do you tell them their birthing stories on their birthdays?