Freestyle Fridays: “Motherhood” by Alien Aura’s Blog

Today’s Freestyle Fridays guest post is by  Alienora Taylor of Alien Aura’s Blog: It’ll Blow Your Mind. I am somewhat new to her blog and I love it. She writes about a variety of topics with such eloquence. If you haven’t read her work yet, you won’t be disappointed. I linked to a particularly beautifully written piece that is fresh and raw and sensual. Enjoy!

I did not expect to become a mother.

My thirties inched towards the forties and I watched as two of my younger sisters brought beautiful children – five in all, at that point, between them – into the world. Auntie, I was, and proud of it: loved my four nephews and one niece. But, if I am honest, my feelings about motherhood were ambivalent at best.

I dreaded the mess I was convinced I would make of such an important role: was convinced that I was too screwed-up and neurotic to become a mother – and, as the months and years advanced, I told myself that I was probably borderline infertile anyway.

But, there was always a secret part of me which longed, with total passion, to conceive my own child.

I denied this little voice, the tiny proto-human waiting in the wings of my womb, for years.

But some things are stronger than our minds and moods, are they not?

Did I mean to get pregnant?

Yes. At some level, I think it was intentional.

It was Valentine’s Day 1997 – and my partner and I had sex. I lied, said it was a safe time – and, drunk, we did not use any protection.

I was thirty-nine years and two months old.

I did not wish to trap this man, but there were insecurities at play in the relationship.

I knew almost immediately that I had conceived: it felt as if a trap door slammed shut inside me – and, of course, there were other, more conventional signs: lack of period, sore breasts and intense weepiness.

At the clinic, three weeks later, I tested positive. Of course I did. I was never in any doubt that I would.

I knew that the child I carried was a boy well before that fact was confirmed via scan; I also knew that he was here to stay – that he would not escape before his time or be lost in a great rush of blood.

He arrived, this perfect tiny being, at 10.32pm on Tuesday 11th November 1997 – and I loved him straightaway.  I would have fought dragons and moved mountains for him. I would have protected him by giving up my own life had it come to that particular crunch.

It has not always been easy – for any of us. For reasons which are not relevant to this post, I had to go back to my full time job as a teacher when my child was three months old.

I have NEVER forgotten the heartbreak of that drive, taking my baby to a childminder for the first time, my breasts leaking the milk I should have been feeding him into inadequate pads all day, as I tried to teach adolescents about Shakespeare without bursting into sobs. The physical longing for that tiny scrap of humanity was so intense – and, when I picked him up at the end of the day, I just fell upon him, inhaling his milky head smell, his baby perfumes.

For financial reasons, I had to work full time until two years ago. I then took early retirement.

This has meant that I have never been able to take my little one to school or pick him up; it has meant (because my husband worked as well) that our boy needed to go to a childminder before and after school until he went to secondary school.

But, weekends, when he was two, he and I started to go to car boot sales in the local area, and stopped at cafes afterwards. This was a great bonding experience. We even had our own car boot song which we used to sing lustily on every journey.

As I say, it has not always been easy. Because we are older parents, the boy has suffered more than his fair share of bereavements, family illnesses and, in my case, breakdowns and anxiety/depression.

He is now sixteen – and has already been to more funerals than I had when I was in my mid-thirties.

But, he is a wonderful boy. He is able to assert himself when he needs to – but is a gentle soul at heart, and very perceptive, empathic. He is extremely good-looking – and talented: musical, a gifted writer, en excellent fencer and possessed of a fabulously dry wit.

He is moving fast into independence – as he should be – and I am having to learn to let go, to reel the umbilical cord back in, to give him his space.

But he is, and always will be, my dowd/doude – the gift from the Creator to my middle years.

And I shall always love him.

Alienora Taylor

Thank you Alienora for this beautiful tribute to a mother’s love.

If you would like to guest post, message me! Have a wonderful Friday!

17 thoughts on “Freestyle Fridays: “Motherhood” by Alien Aura’s Blog

  1. Thank you for your lovely comment, runningafterale; this post came from the heart and the soul – and expresses the love I have for my precious son. x

  2. Thank you very much, Kerry, for giving me the opportunity to guest on your blog. I hope you will be my guest very soon! x

  3. I have an aunt who had his son when she was in her 40’s and they both had a strained relationship. I wondered if it’s because of the age gap and my aunt is a little on the old school type. But it sounds like that’s not the casr with you and your son and that’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Know what you mean, Kate: my youngest sister had her first two when she was in her teens! So my family has seen both ends of the spectrum!

      • I absolutely agree, Kate. There is no right age to have a child – and some children are just meant to be here! x

  4. Thanks, Kerry. And thanks Alienora! Lovely, lovely, lovely. I think I’ve found another kindred spirit. Peace and best, John

  5. Lovely writing, lovely shining smile in your selfie, and what a great story of love for your child. What a lucky boy, to have your full attention, all your love. Only children have a special bond to their parents. I had my third in my early 40’s and it was no picnic physically, carrying and birthing that late in life. Thanks for sharing your story and your smile. Cheers, Brenda

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