Reader Input: Margaret Bourke-White

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Margaret Bourke-White, one of the innovators of the photo essay in the field of photojournalism, was one of the first four staff photographers of Life magazine when it began in 1936. She was also the first woman photographer ever attached to U.S. armed forces in WWII. From early years, Margaret knew that she was counted as a "gift" to her parents. She recalls her mother telling her, "Margret, you can always be proud that you were invited into the world."   In her autobiography, aptly titled "Portrait of Myself," she writes, "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. … 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 a 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 a man and a woman."

Have you told your child today that he, she is a gift … .a child you wanted and "invited" into the world?  "Behold, children are a gift of the Lord." Psalm 127:3  This is a child whose worth cannot be measured, except by the heart.  WHAT GOOD NEWS THAT IS TO A CHILD'S EARS!     Have a very, very Happy Mother's Day!                             
Elly Derr, Auburn