practice child

‘He is my ‘Practice Child.’ The oldest of five. Sometimes I lay my head on his tall shoulder and say, ‘I wish I could’ve done better for you.’: Woman reminds us ‘you are just the right mom for the job’

“I remember my eyes settled on the look of deep despair spreading across his little 3-year-old face. ‘But Momma…without water we’ll DIE!!’ What kind of mother lets this happen? I felt like a failure. 15 years of parenting later, I wish I could say I have it all figured out.”

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