I was fascinated at the Zoo last weekend as I observed this mother monkey caring for her young. She kept him close and hand fed him some fruit, taking occasional tastes herself. So like a human mother, this primate tenderly cradled and nursed her offspring. Then, when she ambled to the other side of the enclosure, he hung on to her tightly, preserving the maternal bond.
Once again, I was reminded of how important a mother's care is.
Of course, in our contemporary culture with adult children relocating thousands of miles away, a constant challenge for me is to "let go" of those I've loved so much. Not being able to see them regularly is a bitter consequence of modern life. But my love will never fade. I will always be available if they need me.