Waiting until the last sliver of light hits the horizon against the ocean. Sleeping in on Saturdays. Literally dancing in the moonlight on the dock of a bay.
Why on Earth would we give these things up to have children?
They don’t sleep, they cry, we lose ourselves.
We have them because they are our Secret Garden.
Sure, no one tells you how difficult nursing is when you are so focused on the birth. You tune out the laments of “teething”, “twos” and “teens”.
You focus on that tiny baby in your arms. Who grows and challenges you and rules your schedule.
Sometimes you daydream of life before children.
But then you remember your heart.
You’ve never known a love like this before. It’s unlike any other.
And then you see your mother for the first time.
It’s like an awakening.
A Secret Garden.