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Sharon Nesbit is a former Outlook news reporter. She writes her column in her retirement.

NESBITAll in all, being a mother to young kids wasn't that bad.

But I do remember the night No. 2 Kid dashed for the bathroom, opened the wrong door and threw up in the laundry chute.

And, omigosh, accidents with cars, and heartbreak with boys and girls, and sitting outside a child's room while nurses in protective gear come and go.

And sometimes pride.

"Don't worry, poppa," No. 1 Kid said to her dad when he visited her at college. "I got birth control pills."

He spit up part of his lunchtime milkshake. He was raised Baptist. Back in the day, apparently, Baptists didn't have sex. They certainly didn't discuss it over lunch.

I like to think we are better and wiser in these new generations and yet, mistakes happen. Crimes occur. Children are seduced and damaged. Young women succumb to what they believe is romance. Or funny uncles, who are not so funny when you think about it.

Still remaining are poverty, cruelty, accidents and stupidity. For all those reasons, abortion exists and right now is legal in the United States. Now it appears the Supreme Court may overturn it.

I never had to face the crisis — largely through dumb luck. But I know women who chose abortion because they believed no other choice existed. They are now largely successful, were able to continue with marriage, careers and education and, later chose motherhood, good moms who wanted to be moms. Now they are grandmothers and great-grandmothers who marked Mother's Day with the joy of having successfully raised children who are, more or less, grateful.

This Mother's Day I heard from half of my children.

No. 2 Kid called from the sweltering Southwest, possibly because he was locked in with air-conditioning and had no place to go. But who am I to quibble?

My grandchildren rose to the task as well.

But I did not hear from No. 1 Kid. Nor did I spend the day pining about it because I took on a volunteer task so others could celebrate the day. (I felt so virtuous.)

On Monday, post-Mother's Day, came an email from her: "I was bad and didn't wish you a happy Mother's Day. I thought it, though."

Mothers know baloney when we hear it. From our kids or the Supreme Court.

Sharon Nesbit is a former Outlook news reporter. She writes her column in her retirement.


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