Good Evening, God!
I love this photo! How can anyone look at it and not be filled with admiration for this dear Mother! Actually, I am overwhelmed with just how amazing mothers are. All mothers!
It’s true that this mother looks a trifle anxious . . . maybe even overwhelmed. But, there is no doubt that she loves her babies and will do her best to nourish and protect them. She is their MOTHER!
It also makes me think of what my dear friend Joyce Watson said: “Being a mother is a whole lot better and a whole lot worse than anyone ever tells you.” That is so true. We would rather suffer an injury ourselves than have our children suffer. Yet, suffering is part of life. We cannot keep it from happening. We can only do our best to help our children respond as best they can.
Growing . . . living . . .each involves pain. And Mothers live with the reality of being Responsible! We ARE responsible. But, perhaps we feel more responsible that is really possible. We are limited. We don’t always know what to do. Worse yet, we may do the wrong things. It’s hard. Making mistakes is always hard. And, reality is BIGGER than our ability to protect.
That is no doubt true of this Mother Opossum, too. There are predators about. There are storms. And there are accidents.
We humans are not marsupials. Opossum babies (seven or eight of them) leave the womb at 12 days and crawl through their mothers fur up into her pouch where they stay for 100 days. We keep our babies nine months in our wombs.
But, we keep them forever in our hearts.