Mothering Instinct

Mother with daughter on the meadow with chamomile flowers

I live on prop­er­ty that over­looks a very large pond. When I say large I mean it is an acre of water. The pre­vi­ous own­er of the prop­er­ty lives in a house adja­cent to the prop­er­ty. She has 3 ducks that she feeds that actu­al­ly still live at the pond. They trav­el from our pond to her house for food and then back to the pond.  I’m not sure if that makes them hers or ours but it doesn’t real­ly mat­ter.

2 of the ducks are females and 1 is male. It has been inter­est­ing to watch as the lady ducks will find a secret place to lay eggs and we go hunt­ing for the egg stash­es. Our neigh­bor has been very adamant that she doesn’t want them brood­ing and try­ing to hatch the eggs so when­ev­er she finds the stash of eggs she emp­ties the nest and the lit­tle ladies move on to find anoth­er spot and start lay­ing again.

It has been inter­est­ing to watch, but I kind of felt sor­ry for the poor girls. Imag­ine all that hard work to lay a col­lec­tion of eggs and to come back and find them gone.

When I asked her why, she explained that every time she lets her ducks brood and sit on eggs a preda­tor comes and the duck dis­ap­pears. That is a good moti­va­tor, even if it does deprive the hard work­ing ducks of the sat­is­fac­tion of see­ing their young hatch and grow.

Recent­ly one of the ducks found a spot to hide while cre­at­ing her col­lec­tion and start­ed brood­ing despite our neighbor’s best effort. She is now about halfway through the process and our neigh­bor has decid­ed to leave her alone and see what hap­pens.

I have learned a lot while watch­ing this poor duck go from one spot to anoth­er and final­ly be left alone. She has been per­sis­tent. The oth­er ducks come for food, but she sits on her eggs faith­ful­ly. We walk out to where she is hid­ing and call for her and she will dili­gent­ly cov­er her eggs and then emerge just long enough to eat the morsels that we throw to her. She then prompt­ly swims back to her hide­away and gets back to work sit­ting and nur­tur­ing those eggs.

Her moth­er­ing instinct has kicked into gear. Despite all attempts to stop her, she per­sist­ed.

Watch­ing all of this made me think about human moth­ers. It is amaz­ing how God cre­at­ed all things to work in a cer­tain way in ani­mals and humans.

Moth­ers have an impor­tant job. They are respon­si­ble for life! I believe that is why God made the moth­er­ing instinct in females to be so strong.

Whether it is a birth child or an adopt­ed child, the instinct to moth­er and pro­tect that life is solid. We are respon­si­ble for life and we know it. The help­less­ness of a new­born baby makes our hearts melt and we are nev­er the same.

Being a moth­er is a huge respon­si­bil­i­ty that is birthed deep with­in. Just like that sweet duck that just kept try­ing to find a place to become a moth­er, we too have a nat­u­ral desire to be a moth­er. We will go to great lengths to secure our place in that hall of fame. And once we have achieved it, whether by birth or adop­tion, we will sac­ri­fice great­ly for that life that we have been entrust­ed with.

We will go with­out eat­ing. We will go with­out sleep­ing. We will go with­out show­ers. We will lay down our dreams and ambi­tions. We will sac­ri­fice and tra­vail for that child. And the list goes on and on.

Let’s be the best we can be for that life that we have been given. Let’s moth­er with excel­lence and dream big in the life of a child!

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