When I read the topic for today; "Out of sight, out of mind", my mind immediately went to a scripture in the Bible. In this scripture, God is speaking to the children of Israel:
"Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. " Isaiah 49:15
Often throughout my time as a mother I have thought of this scripture. Would it be possible for me to forget my child? I think overall I've been a good mother, although I certainly wasn't perfect. So I hope you won't think otherwise of me if I tell you that I do not pine away for my children while they are gone. I do worry at times, and I do miss them, but I don't cry and fret. Two of my children served missions for our church. One was in El Salvador for about 2 years, and the other was in Taiwan for about a year and a half. Maybe some women are just more feeling than me, and cry because they miss their children so much. But I knew my children were having a wonderful experience, and I knew the time would pass quickly, so I didn't mourn their absence. Maybe having them out of my sight really did keep them out of my mind. I didn't actually forget them as mentioned in this scripture, but I wasn't totally mentally focused on their absence.
I have thought about women who adopt out their children, and wonder how they feel. I do think that the memory of the child is always there. But without the child being within sight, it's could be easy for the birth mother to put them out of her mind most of the time. But I don't think that memory every really goes away.
Some of our consortium members might be out of sight. Some might be out of their mind. :P But do drop in and see what they had to say about this topic.
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