by Marilou Schnaderbeck
Two weeks ago as I was taking my children to school my son asked me what would I do if I were President. Among a few other things I said I would make it illegal for mothers to end the life of the baby that is inside of them. Since we had only skirted this topic before because of their age and sensitivities, and knowing that we would reach our destination very shortly, I was a bit apprehensive about how far I should go with this conversation. They of course both wanted to know WHY a mother would do that! So, I took a deep breath and recognizing the grossly inadequate words I was about to say, I simply stated, “because they don’t love their babies enough”. They asked a few more questions after which I decided to wrap up the conversation by suggesting that we pray for the women who were planning to end their babies lives today and that they would find enough courage, strength and love to change their minds. After we prayed, the next couple minutes were quiet as we started to pull onto the long driveway to the school parking lot. My son opened his door and jumped out once we stopped at the curb…he blew me a kiss and waved goodbye. My daughter, however continued to sit in the back seat for a moment with her head resting on the window as one would do who was in deep thought…and with an obvious lump in her throat she said in almost a whisper “thank you Mom for loving me enough“…. and she slowly got out of the vehicle and walked down the sidewalk.
The weight of her words left me speechless.