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Althea & Dan – Family Video

Alt text: Althea & Daniel standing in black coats nose to nose, smiling with snow swirling around them. Photo on right is a family photo with both grown ups snuggling the children and looking at the camera. The baby is snuggled between them, and their big kid is snuggled and looking up.

Oh my word, these four sweet humans! It’s always such a joy to see and connect with Althea, Daniel and their kiddos. I’m so grateful for their willingness to meet me in a sudden, windy, winter snowstorm and play! The joy of throwing snowballs and dancing together in the snowflakes was just so sweet! It was cold, and still, their love, connection and joy is just beautiful (as always).

I’m going to let Althea’s gorgeous, poignant poem about motherhood do the real introduction here. (Also, you should so go check out Dan’s amazing work over in Madison’s 40 under 40!)

“Motherhood
Makes you forget the quiet
The whisper of your own breath in the stillness 
The rhythm your heart beats into your back when you recline
makes your body new 
Makes it plush and strong 
engorged with tenderness 
wide and swollen with power 

Stretched 

I love the lightening bolts across my hips and thighs
the streaks 
the stripes
the verses 
the arias of creation and triumph forged beneath my bellybutton 
singing
I, too, am a wellspring of life 
I pushed and persevered
I was laid open and overcame 

Yes, motherhood
Makes you forget the quiet
The whisper of your own breath in the stillness 
The rhythm your heart beats into your back when you recline
makes your heart new 
drumming
thunderous with tenderness

full

a rush of wind in the wilderness
cool
fluttering
fresh
an ayre of nurturance and embrace
singing
I, too, am a wellspring of life
I love and love hard
I am laid open and unconditional 

Laid open and unconditional”

By Althea René Miller-Sims

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