Labour of love

I was afraid of the pain.
But I knew I would gain
a reward,
if I managed to do it.
I had to get through it.
Your eyes filled with tears
and I thought of the years
we had tried.

I drew strength from
your nearness.
But even you were not
I could feel your hands shaking
while my body was making
its ultimate effort.

And then… she was there!
No longer a pair,
but a family of three.
I was afraid of the pain,
but your love sustained
my courage.


© Maria Quinn

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem