A Mothers Day Safari….

Having ploughed the depths of love, guilt and sorrow in a 2012 tribute to my mother brought on by a visit to my childhood home, I pretty much ignored mothers day on this blog for the last two years.

Today, I take you on a lighthearted exploration of the maternal-filial bond with these four legged creatures, whose display of intense emotions was humbling to witness everytime.

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“Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story.
Because hers is where yours begin.”
~ Mitch Albom

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“It’s not easy being a mother.
If it were easy, fathers would do it.”
~ From The Golden Girls

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“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I am my mother after all!”
~ Anon.

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“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices:
Take it or leave it.”
~ Buddy Hackett

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“If evolution really works, how come mothers
only have two hands?” ~ Milton Berle
(This matriarch, incidentally, manages brilliantly with just one,
having lost the other in a poachers trap.)

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“Don’t ever tell the mother of a newborn
that her baby’s smile is just gas.”
~ Jill Woodhull

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“Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because
they are more certain they are their own.”
~ Aristotle

And to all young two legged mothers out there, and especially to my dear frazzled daughter who I haven’t spoken to for five uninterrupted minutes ever since her second offspring learnt to speak:

“A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.”
~ Peter De Vries

That too shall pass. But I can attest with some authority that you will be surprised by the instensity of your longing to be back in that driver’s seat when it does. Happy Mothers Day!