by Guest Author: Nichole Cox @lovelylucidlife
Do you ever have those moments in your parenting life that come from mundane activities that you know your child is going to remember forever? The ones that are unscripted and naturally occurring, but just end up being the total best? We had one of these moments recently.
One Sunday afternoon, my husband opened the grill to start dinner and announced, “Oh, a mouse made a nest in our stove and it has babies.”
“You're joking”, I said.
“No, I’m not. She’s holding them!” He replied.
My four-year-old daughter and I rushed over to see, and sure enough a mouse was in the corner of the grill, holding one baby in her mouth with another one close by. Immediate concern about the safety of these babies and their Mama washed over my daughter and I. Immediate concern about our grill and our dinner washed over my husband.
“Everyone needs to go inside. I need to take care of this.” My husband lamented.
Knowing what that meant, all the Mama feelings inside me kicked in. Supported by my daughter’s cries, I forced my husband to put the babies and the nest in a shoe box and try to catch the Mom with them... so they could be together. Of course, the Mom escaped, and took off to hide.
I yelled and was upset at my husband, who was kind enough at this point not to call me a hypocrite and point out the mousetraps that I happily asked him to set in our garage.
What happened next blew me away.
My daughter and I sat in a chair together - both in a mild depression over the current situation, when my husband said, “I hear her!”
Sure enough, the Mama was still around, hidden close by, squeaking all kinds of sounds. I’d like to think she was saying to her babies, “Mama is still here, Don’t worry!” The next thing we knew, we saw this tiny little mouse dart out, go to the shoe box, grab one of her little babies, and take off for cover with it. One by one she did this until she had rescued them all.
This was one tough Mom.
Then... it hit me and I felt it. The power of a Mom’s love for her babies - that internal drive to protect them, and care for them no matter what the circumstances. That love transcends across all species. This Mama was braving a giant to rescue those babies, and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
I was fortunate enough to watch this Mother's act of courage, while snuggling my four year old. I have no doubt that my daughter will remember this. I have no doubt that it will impact her somehow - Even if it's just a small memory, and that makes my heart happy.
More and more as I do this whole "Mom thing," I’m starting to understand that it is less and less about planned out structure, and more and more about the things that happen in the blank space…and simply being there to bear witness to those moments.
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