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My Strength

Dear Son, You were brought to us from a place of love. You are a man created in an image of a man, who through our journey I've started to love more, with every breath I take. I'm carrying you at a time where I see the world differently. There is a space where oppression, hatred, jealousy and overall lack of love for who we are is blatant. But these things don't scare me for you. There is one thing I now know for certain; while you came from a place of love over the past 9 months you were built from places of intense strength. This has been the most challenging year mommy has ever experienced. When I questioned the world- I felt you kick, when I witnessed the belittlement of our people and felt my heat break-I heard your heart beat. When I decided for a moment I couldn't move forward- I saw your sister lay on my belly and smile. You have been nothing short of my silver lining. Never question your beauty, your strength and deep power to love and grow no matter what life throws your way. However, if you do, read this and remember where you came from. Love Always, Your Momma

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: New Jersey, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Copyright: © Shennell McCloud