I was compelled to respond to a question regarding the junior that had a friend who found out she was pregnant and was considering an abortion. While the response of the Filly was pretty good, I would like to go one step further.
From the time my daughter was old enough to have chalk and a blackboard, she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. She wanted to be a teacher. She would stand in her room for hours and hours teaching her stuffed animals and Barbie dolls.
By the time she was 17, she met this young man and found herself pregnant. I can imagine what was going through her mind when she found out the news.
She told her boyfriend and he suggested to her to have an abortion. He walked out of her life that day.
My daughter had to be home schooled. She lost a lot of friends. The teacher would come every day with her lessons.
She finally graduated from high school. She immediately started college. She didn’t miss a beat.
She had the most precious five pound bundle of joy. She took care of her child and placed her first in everything she did. She fed her, making sure she ate her vegetables.
Every night she bathed her and always put good clean clothes on her. She protected her and gave her the best that she could. But most of all, she loved her with the kind of love that a mother would show her newborn.
Well, this newborn is twelve years old now. She is a typical pre-teen. She does well in school being part of the gifted program. What a blessing she has been to our family.
Even with all our struggles, it was so worth all of them! I believe that children are gifts. My daughter is now married with another baby girl. She is working on her master’s degree in education. As her mother, I am proud of what she has accomplished in her life
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, a woman needs a caring environment surrounded by non-judgmental people. You need information so that you can make decisions with confidence.
Hold on to these numbers: 229-848-6778 or 229-382-4491. That’s Women’s First Choice. Be thankful that you can have choices and remember the choices that you make today will affect your tomorrow.
Dear Proud Mother and AAA,
I have always encouraged response to the Dear Filly column and I am so thankful to finally have received one, and one that I feel is extremely important.
In my responses, I can give only advice and facts, but I am limited to real life stories. I have never personally experienced being pregnant and having to make that decision, I can only imagine the harshness of making that decision.
In my advice on these situations, I look at what I would do personally and how it has affected others. I am so glad to see that this wonderfully proud mother is willing to send this letter about her own daughter to help another young student.
This letter will also be forwarded to AAA directly. I do know that a final decision has not yet been made as of yesterday. I will try to keep you posted.
Thank you again for your response and I hope this encourages future responses.