It was 2:00am on Tuesday morning, and I was trying to sleep on the couch at the Chapel Hill Birthing Center. Kaisha was next door in the Peach Room, surrounded by her husband, midwife and doula, labor progressing but not as fast as we'd hoped. I felt exhausted and anxious and scared. And then Mom came into the room, sat down on the table across from me, and said "Let me take this." So I let her. And then I could sleep.
So she was Near for the birth of her grandson--a Leo, a lion, like her. Happy birthday, Mary Anne! Today I wear your grapevine-circled cross. May you continue to be with us, especially with the new parents Kaisha and Don, as we begin to raise this precious son. --MCB