In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, carver Jackson Mbatha, 40, poses next to a an unfinished large toy giraffe he is making from pieces of discarded flip-flops, in front of a painted workshop wall at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country’s beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean’s currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
This is beautiful.
Mother’s Day: Always a Part of Us, Always a Part of Them
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms everywhere. There’s a million jokes about mothers never letting go of their babies, no matter how old they get. But it’s true … we never leave them, and they never leave us.
When you’re in the womb, cells from your growing body entered your mother’s bloodstream. Just before you were born, one out of a thousand cells in mom’s blood was yours. Many persist for decades, and your cells may help to attack inflammation or maybe even morph into new neurons in your mother’s brain. Often, too, those fetal cells may harm the mother, tripping the alarms of the immune system. We help, and we hurt.
Her cells also took refuge in your body, with as many as one in a hundred thousand of your cells not being yours. Scientists aren’t really sure what they do, if anything. Perhaps they help train our immune system, perhaps they can lead to autoimmune disease. Whatever the answer, she is in us.
Some of those maternal cells may have come from brothers and sisters that were present in her body, themselves deposited years before you were conceived. We may carry more than thoughts and memories of our families. Perhaps we carry their cells as well.
Near or far from your mom today, you’ll always be there with each other.