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Giving birth to an infant does not make you a parent. It is not a journey that ends once your child acquires a certain age. It is a relationship that is built and grows, it goes on for a lifetime.

I've grown with the absence of a father, and despite having a mother we never had a good relationship. How, as a young girl growing up, I longed for a mother that would say nice things to me and lift me when I was down. A mother that showed she cared and was present. A mother that didn't leave me to tend for myself and believed she knew me.

I am growing and am a better person now. I wish she could see and realize that.

I promise to be a good mom to my children in the future.

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