Sunday, September 15, 2013
Why I'm a Mother Hen
A mother hen will sit on her eggs for 31 days, only getting up to eat a bit of food, defecate, and drink. They loose weight during the 31 days and will fiercely peck anything that comes close to her. When her chicks hatch she escorts them everywhere clucking softly the whole time. She will attack any other hen, dog, or cat that comes too near, and will take on predators many times her size fearlessly. She shows her chicks how to eat, what to eat, and generally teaches them how to do things. A hen can be fierce but they also seem kind of worried at times. They are always on guard but they are also loving and attentive to their young. They tirelessly devote themselves to mothering their young.
I guess I'm like that. My outlook on motherhood has always been that I am educating and guiding future adults. Which is a delicate balance of protecting them but also teaching them important skills so that they will not just be able to function but also thrive in life.