I am an Elephant
Updated: Oct 12, 2019
I never thought I’d one day be compared to an elephant; I bet you didn’t think you would either. Let me explain: “An elephant and a dog became pregnant at the same time. Three months down the line, the dog gave birth to six puppies. Six months later, the dog was pregnant again, and nine months on it gave birth to another dozen puppies. The pattern continued. On the eighteenth month, the dog approached the elephant, questioning, ‘Are you sure that you are pregnant? We became pregnant on the same date. I have given birth three times to a dozen puppies and they are now grown to become big dogs, yet you are still pregnant. What’s going on?’ The elephant replied, ‘There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I’m carrying is mighty and great.’ In this narrative, although they started their journeys at the same time, the elephant had to watch the dog celebrate multiple births, see all of the puppies growing up, hear questions about why she still hadn’t given birth yet, endure others wondering what was wrong with her, and somehow still maintain hope.
Can you identify with any of that? I know I can. Throughout my journey to motherhood, I’ve witnessed family members, friends, coworkers, and even strangers announce pregnancies, deliver healthy babies, adopt babies, care for step-children, and ultimately be “moms,” all while I sat on the sidelines waiting for my turn.
The moral of the story is the elephant had her baby when the time was right. She did not give up simply because her process took longer than someone else’s. She remained confident that her baby was significant enough to wait for and used the vision of one day being a mom to inspire her to keep going, even in times where she wanted to quit. This elephant definitely represents my story; and considering you chose to read this book, I will conclude that it represents yours as well.
***Taken from page 1 of I Still Want To Be A Mom
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