On my mind

I can’t stop thinking about this story: a quadriplegic mother is fighting over custody of her five month old son. Her ex-boyfriend argues that she is unfit to have custody because of her disability. She has an extensive support system, a profound desire to parent her son, and a very strong will. What makes a parent? The ability to play ball or carpool? Or, love and an unwavering commitment to the child and to being there–no matter what?

The baby in question is just a few weeks older than Gwendolyn. I feel for this Mom–and for the Dad, too, as this cannot be easy for anyone involved–and hope this resolves in the best interests of the child, keeping in mind that, as a commentator noted, “every parent has limitations, some more than others.”