THE MOTHER-CHILD BOND
A while back, I attended a college graduation ceremony and observed something that verified something I already knew; but hadn’t actually thought about. Seated in front of me was a young mother and next to her was her newborn baby. The infant couldn’t have been more than two weeks old as it sat in the plastic car carrier oblivious to the world. What I observed was this mother’s constant and deliberate attention to this new person. Every few seconds she would look inside the carrier to see if everything was alright. The baby was sleep, yet the new mother kept watch much like a mother robin does with her newly hatched babies; or like a mother lion does with her baby cubs. And it occurred to me that there is a special bond between child and mother that is pure and natural. It cannot be duplicated. It cannot be replicated. Grandma doesn’t have it. Auntie doesn’t have it. And definitely Dad doesn’t have it. That bond between mother and child is like no other bond ever created. You can’t describe it. You can’t study it. You simply have to know that it is.
And while the bond gets tested many times as a child grows, the bond remains intact. Mom will defend you to the Supreme Court if need be, yet be your harshest critic when you act a fool. I instinctly knew that this bond existed, but when you get to be grown, sometimes you have to be reminded of what you know. That’s what the woman at the graduation ceremony did. She reminded me that the Spirit created the bond between mother and child to be like no other human connection on earth, and because of that, we are blessed more than we can ever comprehend.
MOTHER’S DAY, WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS?
What is all this noise about Mother’s Day? Why are people breaking their necks to celebrate this manufactured holiday created by the greeting card companies? All your mother ever did for you was:
*Carry your butt for nine months while being your sole source of survival.
*Provide immediate nutrition at her bosom the minute you were born.
*Change your smelly diaper after you messed all over yourself.
*Protect you from dangers that you never even knew existed.
*Be your first teacher about being Careful, being Fair, being Honest, and being Responsible.
*Believe in you when you didn’t have the good sense to believe in yourself.
*Be the first person to Love you unconditionally.
So now you pick one day out of 365 to buy the flowers, the candy, the necklace, the dinner that the advertisers tell you to buy so that your mother is celebrated appropriately.
This is what your really mother deserves. She deserves to be able to say her prayers at night and be able to thank the Lord for a child that is Responsible, Caring, Safe, and Happy. A child that does the Right Thing, because it’s the Right Thing to do. Your mother loves you unconditionally, and always will. So be worthy of that love by simply being a better child, a better citizen, a better person. Instead of making the flower companies and the phone companies rich one day a year, make your mother Proud Everyday. Do that, and Everyday will truly be your Mother’s Day.