30 Women Who Have Never Met Each Other Have 1 Very Significant Thing In Common

I think of motherhood as the most incredible thing I never knew I wanted so much until I had it. Before I was a mom, I didn't understand what it felt like to experience true, unconditional love for another human being. And now that I do, I know it's pretty amazing. At the same time, motherhood is a journey, not a destination. There are ups and downs, great moments and others we might not want to dwell on too much. I think the goal is to do the best we can, and sometimes "best" varies by day. We may each approach parenting differently, but the best thing we can do for each other is be supportive and lift each other up, just like these women. Because at the end of the day, moms share a common bond: We're all responsible for raising our children. We've got this.

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I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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