“Motherhood – the state of being a mother.”
“Mother hen – person who fusses over others in an overprotective manner.”
We had a hen and two ducks that had their eggs hatched. We have secured the hen and one duck within an enclosure with much effort, to give them protection from the coming hailstorm. One duck was happily nesting under a bush so we thought the ducklings were safe. We saw how this mother duck protected her ducklings from wind and chill. So all good for Mother Duckie
The morning after the 2nd stormy night, i saw Mother Duckie circling around her nest, I went out to check and did not see her ducklings, Brian and I looked around the yard and found nothing. I went out to the next paddock despite the freezing temperature to look for her ducklings and found one dead from cold.
It was sad to see Mother Duckie sit in front of her nest several times during the weekend. It was almost heartbreaking to see her circle her nest and poke around the nearby bushes and tall grass presumably looking for her ducklings. Mother Duckie did not even come with the rest of the ducks when i called at feeding time. I had to get to her and give her some pellets.
I know motherhood – that state of caring, loving and nurturing – is universal. I know that the term mother hen comes from the fact that mother hens fuss around and protective of her chicks.
I guess missing your little ones, when they are not around is also a universal feeling. Human beings more so because we never stop being a mother until the day we die.
In the book of Kings ( I Melachim 3:16 – 27 ), in the case of one child being claimed by two mothers, King Solomon’s decision went in favor of the mother who was willing to let go of the boy to the other claimant when King Solomon declared that the boy be cut in half.
As my mother used to say – a mother’s love enables her to bear the pain and to suffer in silence for the sake of her children.
13 October – Spring of 2013