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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Touch

One of my favorite comforting memories of my mother is when she would trace my face. I would lay down to sleep and she would sit by my side and with her finger trace around my lips, nose and eyes. There was just something about that soft touch that gave me peace. I find myself doing this with my own children and they'll trace my face back.

Touch can certainly be a comforting action. Of course in labor there are times when being touched is definitely not wanted:) But I remember one time when I was close to the pushing stage, the nurse that was with me at the time just held my hand. That simple jester of touch meant a lot to me. It didn't lesson my pain or make me more comfortable, but it let me know she cared and wanted to help. I suppose that was what my mother's face tracing meant to me also. There is peace in a touch that means that someone loves us.

1 comment:

Brent said...

Rachel,

I love you!

Brent

Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?


  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.