Updated: May 20, 2019
Honoring All Mother Energy
by Sue Methuen
I remember when I first fell in love with my son. It wasn’t the moment he was born. I was too exhausted, and he was completely focused on clearing out his lungs and letting everyone in the building know he had arrived. No, it was about an hour or so later. I was back in my room and he had just woken up from a long nap, recovering from the huge ordeal of being born.
The nurses brought him in, wrapped in a blue blanket, and placed him in my arms. It was the only time in my life that I fell head over heels in love at first sight. Fortunately, someone was there to capture the moment. That was over 28 years ago, and I still get goosebumps whenever I look at the photo. Mind you, I get goosebumps when I see a recent photo of my son. I love being his mom!
But that wasn’t my first experience as a mother. It was when I was in my early 20’s and had been living in my own apartment for a few months. I decided I needed a pet. Since cats and dogs were not welcomed in our building, I settled on a teddy bear hamster named Lucy. I would come home from work, take her out of her cage and watch TV or read with her on my lap.
It was a month or so later that I decided Lucy needed a companion to keep her company during the long days that I was at work. So, I brought home Charlie, another teddy bear hamster. Charlie was very enamored with Lucy, and he wouldn’t (uh hum) leave her alone. I quickly purchased another cage and placed them side by side, so they could see each other but Lucy could get a little rest. That worked quite well for her although, for some reason, Charlie kept trying to get out of his cage.
In any case, a couple of weeks later I woke up to an unusual sound. I followed the little squeaky noises to Lucy’s cage and soon discovered that she wasn’t alone. There were three of the tiniest little teddy bear hamsters I had ever seen!
Well, I took the role of surrogate mother very seriously. I made sure Lucy and her little ones were comfortable and well fed. I gave her extra bedding, checked on her often and saw that she was doing a great job. Towards the end of the third week she even allowed me to pick them up for a moment or two. Soon though, it was time to take them all off to the pet store, so they could find their forever homes. I may have shed a tear or two as I walked away that day.
Since that moment, it has been clear in my mind that mothers are not just women who give birth. I believe the title is for anyone who nurtures, loves and cares for another being regardless if it is human or other.
My own mother was a beautiful, kind and loving woman. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had her unconditional love and support throughout my life. My maternal grandmother was also a huge influence on me – a strong and independent woman who taught me that anything is possible.
There were many other women that supported and loved me over the years - aunts, cousins and close friends. Each one influenced who I am today.
Happy Mother’s Day to all those who hold the mother energy whether it is for your own child, someone else’s child or a beloved pet. Your nurturing, caring energy makes the world a more loving and caring place.