Nandhini Natarajan, 60, Rockville, Md., retired
In time, this statue accompanied both my mother and my aunt into their delivery rooms. Near my grandmother’s death, she gave the statue to me and not my mother. Maybe it was because I was always besotted by the statue and its history, or because my mother was so caught up in her struggles as a widow with three children, but I never questioned it. I was just grateful to have it.
Of course, I took the statue into the delivery room when I had my two children, and now I am waiting to give it to my daughter: Her baby is due in five months.
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