Portrait of Myself

Portrait of Myself

Portrait of Myself

Portrait of Myself

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MARGARET, you can always be proud that you were invited into the world," my mother told me.

I don't know where she got this fine philosophy that children should come because they were wanted and should not be the result of accidents. She came from a poor family with a multitude of children, and she had little chance to get an education, although she made up for this after marriage by going to college at intervals until she was over sixty. When each of her own three children was on the way, Mother would say to those closest to her, "I don't know whether this will be a boy or girl and I don't care. But this child was invited into the world and it will be a wonderful child."

She was explicit about the invitation and believed the child should be the welcomed result of a known and definite act of love between man and wife (which Mahatma Gandhi believed-- I was to learn much later--although Mother never would have gone along with the Mahatma on his ideas of celibacy between invitations. Mother believed in warmth and ardor between married partners).

Mother's plan of voluntary parenthood was so outstandingly . . .

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