Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Mother's Love

My story for the Three Word Wednesday prompt this week.

Even though Annabelle was young, she knew she would eventually be a good mother. She was convinced that if she was diligent and learned everything she could on the matter, that by the time the baby was born, she would be fine. Her mother wasn’t so sure.

“You’re only a child yourself. How will you raise one?” her mother had asked earlier.

“You were only 18 when you had me. Almost as much of an amateur as I am,” Annabelle replied. “And you didn’t do a bad job.”

“That’s debatable,” her mother snorted. “You are pregnant at 16.”

“That’s not your fault, Mom.”

“Maybe it is,” her mother said. “I worked all the time. Maybe I didn’t nurture you enough or give you enough attention.”

“No, Mom,” Annabelle assured her. She gave her mother a hug and then added, “I just wanted attention from John as well.”

Her mother laughed. “You certainly got it.”

Annabelle laughed too and mother and daughter held each other close.


Mark Windham said...

very much torn by this one. Great that mother and daughter have such a great relationship, but horrified by pregnant at 16. I know it happens, and I believe it is more likely to happen to a child of a teen mother (do not have statistical proof at hand). More fear I guess. Have two daughters. First one just made it to 20 not being a mom.

A good read (and apparently thought provoking).

Angel said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and that it made you think.

I got married at 17, but didn't have my son until 11 months later. He was a blessing, but I know my relationship is far from the norm.

All we can really do in the end is love our kids and try to steer them in the right direction.

oldegg said...

The endearing part of this story is the great mother-daughter relationship. If only all parents would realise that teenagers need down to earth advice at a much earlier age than they think necessary.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Phew, well reported! I think it's love that makes the difference!!

Sheilagh Lee said...

it is a difficult life for a woman having a child so young very well written story.

Angel said...

I'm glad y'all like the direction I took with the piece.

Laurie Kolp said...

I like the fact that her mom is not condoning her for what happened.

Dandelion Girl said...

I well written piece. I love the relationship between the mother and daughter, very believable. I hope I have a relationship like that with mine when they are older. :)

Angel said...

Thanks, y'all, glad you liked it. I wish every parent could be understanding and helpful instead of mad and hurtful.

jaerose said...

There's the sign she did a good job - in a hug and a laugh..tender writing Angel..Jae

Paige said...

sweet a very understanding and loving mother.

Angel said...

Thanks for reading, y'all.