It's easy to forget that celebrities are real people with real feelings, but when Hilary Duff shared a moving poem on her Instagram page, it was a clear reminder that some experiences — particularly those wrapped up in motherhood — are truly universal.
The poem, by Rachel Zucker, was given to Duff by her Younger costar Peter Herman after she'd felt "desperate to see and hold my boy." She wrote that she often spends days and sometimes weeks away from her 5-year-old son Luca, and when she read this poem, "tears started falling down my face," particularly at the last four lines.
"Motherhood is the greatest gift I have ever received," she said. "Every day a new adventure or hurdle. My heart has grown bigger than I can explain. I think every mother or parent will find this poem as moving as I do."
The piece, titled "Hours Days Years Unmoor Their Orbits," is, as Hilary wrote, truly "beautiful." Read it here:
tonight I'm cleaning baby portobellos
for you, my young activist
wiping the dirty tops with a damp cloth
as carefully as I used to rinse raspberries
for you to adorn your fingertips
before eating each blood-red prize
these days you rarely look me in the eye
& your long shagged hair hides your smile
I don't expect you to remember or
understand the many ways I've kept you
alive or the life my love for you
has made me live