Friday, February 26, 2010

Beauty

She was average looking, a teen with the usual acne. Glasses and the perpetual teen sneer.

She was also wildly noncompliant, so I barely knew her when she came in to the hospital to have her baby. I walked into the room and she broke down into the deep, soul-heaving sobs that racked every inch of her being. She is adopting out. Alone and scared, she has realized that she cannot be a parent at this time.

I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful woman than at that time.

7 comments:

Grumpy, M.D. said...

You wrote that very well. Excellent post. I'm glad she accepted the reality of the situation.

rlbates said...

Beautifully written, too

StorytellERdoc said...

Perfect post...well done. Our beauty as humans really shines in those raw moments, yes? Again, thanks...

tottergirl said...

The gift she is giving a family is truly immeasurable. Whenever I see pictures of my sister and brother-in-law with their beautiful adopted son and see the light in their eyes, I realize how truly extraordinary such a gift is.

This young lady is wise beyond her years and more beautiful than she can imagine.

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ER's Mom said...

Thanks for the comments. It was one of the most emotional deliveries I've been in, and I've delivered thousands.

Leigh Ann Otte said...

Wow. Ditto the comments about the well-written post. Great example of saying lots with little. Very touching.