From the moment I made my journey

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into this world and became

your child, we were mother

and daughter sharing one name

but knowing nothing else about each other.


We spent a lifetime learning that

I don’t like to sew

That you like to grow

orchids, that we both speak our minds,

But are often the same, you know,

And yet both one of a kind.


There we were mother and child.


Then we were mother and independent woman for a while

Then we were, after a long time, friends;

Made plans, made trips, made up and tied loose ends.


Now we are mothers together, you and I,

From the moment of that journey when I had my own

daughter to smile at, I had never known

what love could be between a mother and child.

But now we are mothers, and I know.


– Louella Dizon San Juan