Week of December 9, 2015 - Fifty Years of Justine and Susun

Wednesday, December 09, 2015 8:52 AM | Anonymous

Fifty Years of Justine and Susun

BeginningThe wedding of Susan Shaft and Southwest Wells Swede.

I am nineteen and not yet aware that I am four months away from being a mother. There’s no belly bump because I am hooked into a “merry widow,” a modern corset guaranteed to banish all bulges. Nonetheless, Justine is there and enjoying every moment.

Birth:  Newborn Justine.

And then she is here, present and perfect, delighted and delightful. I am twenty, by a few weeks, so I miss out on being a teenage mom (and on the protection against breast cancer that confers). One day before the Ides of March, I succeed, against all odds, in having a natural, drug-free birth in Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

Life: Mother and daughter.

I succeed, against even greater odds, in establishing a nursing relationship with Justine. Despite concerted efforts to frighten me out of breast-feeding and to convince me that feeding on demand was sure to “spoil” her (as though she were lying to me about being hungry), and to threaten me that sleeping with my child was a certain way to kill her – I slept with my precious daughter and offered her my breast whenever she desired it.

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