Life Begins

by Stephanie Elias

I am almost 29 years old but I only came to life about eight months ago. They cut me open, and out spilled my change of direction. I felt this enormous wave of responsibility, but the warmth of love and happiness washed this away. I gazed for the first time with renewed vision. I shut my eyes as salt water pools welled up in the corners and I contemplated a stark new realisation. As I held those tiny fingers, they clamped around my thumb, a mother’s thumb.

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Stephanie Elias lives and works in Leicester. She is married to James with a baby daughter, Jessica. She is a frustrated poet/writer whose ambition is to have the time to write well. Her motto is "You only get one chance at this life - grab it with both hands and make it everything it can be."