Worth It All

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Cathleen

2011 Award Category: Drabble: Pre-Ring War

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Written by request for Cathleen: "Here's my request: Eglantine's thoughts as she holds the newborn son she thought she'd never have."(A true drabble of exactly 100 words)

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Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 5

Dear Dreamflower, what a very appropriate title indeed, and I think there will be very few women who give birth and don’t feel it was worth the effort. Having gone through two difficult deliveries myself, I can well remember the deep satisfaction and tender enthusiasm that greets a new child. To think this was a precarious pregnancy and one that made Eglantine fear for the child gives a special edge to this drabble and reminds us of how fragile and how precious life is. This is a tender and heart-warming drabble which I enjoyed reading.

Author response: Thank you so much! I'm glad that the joy and satisfaction came through!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

We all tend to love our Pippin, and so this drabble about his nativity is well appreciated! If he was a bit premature, I suspect that Eglantine would indeed have greeted him in just his manner, glad that this tiny babe had survived the birth and was breathing, losing her heart to him immediately. A sweet drabble it is, and a wonderful one to read. I’m so glad she wrote it for Cathleen and posted it for all of us to read!

Author response: Thank you very much, Larner! I appreciate your kind words for this one! It's hard to know sometimes how these spur-of-the-moment drabbles will be recieved!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 3

This is such a lovely encapsulation of that moment when you finally hold the baby you have grown to love over the previous months, and feared for during labour, in your arms; and know that your life will never be quite the same again.

Author response: Exactly the feeling I wished to evoke! Thank you!

Reviewed by: Cathleen  ✧  Score: 3

Dreamflower's vignette about Pippin's birth and his mother's thoughts was a most welcome reply to my request for a tale about Eglantine's holding her son for the first time. A lovely, poignant read!

Author response: Thank you so much, Cathleen! I was very happy to fill your request, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 2

Don't like the implication that sons are somehow more desirable than daughters, but otherwise, the sentiment is good. Nice description.

Author response: That might perhaps be behind the sentiment in some cases. But I was thinking more along the lines of "worth it" in the sense of "now a child of a different gender". I'm fairly sure that's what my own mom had in mind, as she had two daughters-- and I have heard the mothers of only sons feel equally pleased at having a daughter at last! But truthfully there have been many societies in which that sentiment of sons being more valued has prevailed, and it's quite possible that it might among the Tooks, since JRRT said that unlike the headships of hobbit families, the Thainship did pass only to a male. (Lalia, for example was head of the Tooks, but she could NOT be Thain.) At any rate, glad you liked the drabble!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 2

Worth It All is a beautiful look at motherhood and its joys and compensations. Dreamflower illustrated this scene perfectly, I found. Lovely!

Author response: Thank you very much!

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 1

Such a sweet drabble about Pippin's mother's thoughts just after giving birth! Lovely!

Author response: Thank you, dear!