Written by Amy Luskin
“here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)”
–E. E. Cummings
I carry your heart. When you wear your baby, your hearts are touching. So close, beating together, moving back in time and physical space to when that baby was living inside you.
Your body is amazing, and so is hers. You carried her heart then, and you carry her heart now.
I carry your heart. We celebrate the connection between caregiver and child. We celebrate every bond. Maybe you call yourself Mama. Or Grandma. Or Aunt. Or Nanny. Or Daddy. Or any term, in any language, that declares to the world “This child is loved, is mine, is my heart, carried with me.”
I carry your heart. Tu Corazon. Votre couer. Kokoro. Qalb. Ang Aking Puso. Il tuo cuore. Je hart. Lebab. Ihr Herz.
I carry your heart. When you wear your baby, your heart is outside your body—and your body becomes a beautiful vehicle of the bond you share. And so we celebrate the beautiful diversity of the babywearing tradition. We celebrate every body who carries this precious cargo. We celebrate every size and shape, every color and shade. We celebrate every color of skin, every color of hair. We celebrate every gender, and every age. We celebrate every definition of motherhood, and every birth experience, and every journey of adoption. We celebrate multigenerational carrying, and sibling carrying. We celebrate every caregiver carrying every child.
We carry your heart. Because this is the deepest secret that nobody knows. The secrets you tell your child with every beat of your heart when you are wearing her close. The secrets that babywearing teaches you about parenting, and about humanity, and about how much we all share.
Because your heart is what carries us. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.
Thank you for trusting us with your heart.