Aqua is my first friend I’ve been gifted with watching become a mother, and although yesterday was the first time I’d seen her with her daughter Azula in person, the photos she shares on Facebook and Instagram, make it easy to feel as though I’ve been there every step of the way.
She’s every bit and more of the mother I knew she would be.
To watch her nurture little Azula in all the ways a mother can; feeding, encouraging, letting her be brave with a strong hand at her back… words can not express how proud and in awe of her I felt.
She was Aqua, but in these moments, she shared with Azula, and in turn with me, the luminous threads that weave the fabric of her innate character. If that sounds intense or “deep”, it’s only because the experience of watching someone become a mother, for me, is.
It’s humbling, and inspiring, and to myself, makes everything in life at once make sense and completely misunderstood. But these moments of enlightenment and misunderstanding keep me inspired and curious in the world around me, and I am grateful for the experiences that allow me this.
To Aqua and Azula,
May the colors of the ocean ever unite you.
May your spirits be kindred endlessly by the understanding of the tide.
Life is but a cycle to be ridden.