I have fed you and slept with you. I have danced with you, strapped you to my chest while I hung laundry. I have carried you to the beach, kissed tears from your checks, sung you my very favorite folk songs.
We have looked into each other's eyes. We have breathed deeply of each other's scents. We have awoken each other with our stretches and sighs.
You are mine, sweet Alamae. I am yours. We will break each other's hearts. We will heal each other's wounds. We will laugh together, yell at one another, be disappointed by each other, but always, always, I will be your mother. I will love you with every inch of my being. I will love you with a fierceness you are only likely to understand once you love your own daughter or son. Always and forever, I will love you. I will love you. I will love you.