For nine months, your mother was all you knew.

Before I held you in my arms, your mother held you and never let you go.

Before I sacrificed time for you, your mother gladly sacrificed her body.

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Before I consoled you when you were upset, your mother consoled you with just the beat of her heart.

Before I comforted you when you were restless, your mother comforted you with just the sound of her voice.

Before I could do anything for you, your mother gave everything for you. Your mother is the reason I hold you today. Before you were even a twinkle in my eye, you were in your mother’s heart. Your life, your safety, and your very existence depended on her.

Something I’ll never be able to repay.

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It will take a long time for you to understand the weight, the depth, and the immeasurability of your mother’s love for you.

But someday, when you have children of your own, you will then understand what I now see so clearly.

So I’ll hold you tight, but I’ll hold your mother tighter, because my love for you grows the more I understand the measure of a mother’s love.

This post originally appeared on the author’s Facebook page.

For 9 months, your mother was all you knew. Before I held you in my arms, your mother held you and never let you go….

Posted by William Trice Battle on Sunday, February 16, 2020

William Battle

William lives in Dallas, Texas with his beautiful wife and two sons. With a Master's in philosophy and writing from HBU, he continues to pursue his passion for using his words to evoke inspiration in others. When a recent short tribute to his wife went viral on social media, he realized that his passion was more than just a hobby, it was a calling. He now writes with a greater purpose, with the hope that through his words, he can bring healing and help to others.