Saturday, December 29, 2012

"I'm Your Mommy Now"

The other day, on Christmas Eve as a matter of fact, we all settled on the couch downstairs to watch a movie together. For a while, Curly and I took turns giving audio description for Abi, and she asked many questions about the plot and characters. After a while, though, she got sleepy and snuggled down to just listen.

I was struck by how she snuggled down in her characteristic way, face first, but instead of finding a spare bit of couch, she used my lap. Both of us enjoyed the closeness.

This year has been an amazing journey through the realms of the heart. I'm thankful once again for the Sesame Street rerun where Gina brings home baby Marco from Guatemala. Abi requests to watch that episode over and over as she tries to make sense of what has happened to her. During the episode, Gina sings a sweet little song:

I'm the person I've always been,
but things have changed somehow.
Suddenly I'm not just me...
I'm your Mommy now.

I'm your Mommy now.
I'll take care of you.
I'll do everything a Mommy needs to do.
I'll hold you and feed you and kiss you good night.
I'll wake when you wake in the first morning light.

I'm your Mommy now.
Can't believe it's so.
I'll do all I can to help you as you grow.
I'll share all your dreams, I'll share all your fears,
I'll smile when you smile and catch all your tears.

I'm your Mommy now.
That's what I want to be.
Together you and I...
will be a family

Often, I'll sing part of this to Abi, about how I'm her Mommy now and how I'll take care of her. We usually end up laughing together when I can't remember the rest of the words. Still, the simple story line that so closely mirrors her own has helped her immensely to grasp the idea that she could go from having no Mommy in Ethiopia to having one here, and that I am overjoyed at the thought. Slowly, as she leaves behind the years of abandonment and moving from orphanage to orphanage and learns to trust us, she is learning what it means to have a Mommy.


  1. How have I never seen this episode? This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. (As you can see I am catching up on my blog reading between chores! Your blog is being incentive to conquer my neglected home!)

  2. I remember watching that episode, purely by chance, about a month after we adopted our daughter. Just thinking about it makes me weep big sappy Mommy tears (in the best way possible). Thank you for including the full lyrics.