Cinda & Her Children
How did having your daughters change you, or change your life?
"Oh, boy. It just completely, completely changed my life. It was like--I don't know if I'm going to be able to say this...."
That's okay, take your time.
"...They just brought so much incredible joy to me, and beauty, and love, and... and I just, from the moment I was pregnant, I just felt this profound, deep gratitude for this wonderful little presence growing inside of me. And each day, you know, I'm so touched by their loving presence, and their kindness and sweetness, and their individuality... they are similar in some ways, but very different in other ways, and each one has beautiful gifts that they have given me and also the people they come in contact with in the world. And they've brought me so, so much joy -- I mean, even when we're not together, just the feeling of their love is profound joy."
They love you so much.
"Yeah. I love them so much. And Chuck! Chuck is like the son I never had. So I'm very grateful for him as well, and for his love of Heather, and the family, and me. So, yeah. Every day, it's a gift.
"Another thing I was thinking, that I forgot to add, is, I just learn so much from them. About their courage, and their fortitude, and being able to face challenges and not only survive but thrive, and I learn so much from them and the way they experience the world and share their love in the world. So it's for me, as well, to learn from them; not just one way.
"And I think the other thing I would say is, that I'm so grateful that they're living as who they are. They're not trying to be other people, and they're each unique and you know, have had some challenges being who they are, but they've just learned to be it whether anybody cares or not, which is such a gift, not only to them, and me, but to the world, because they're sharing what they're meant to be sharing among all the people they come in contact with. So I feel so grateful that they have the strength to just stand up and love who they are."
Is there anything that you would want to tell them fifty years from now?
"Oh my gosh, just... thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Just profound gratitude for their beauty in my life. That's it!"