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A while back I attended a college graduation ceremony and observed something that verified something I already knew, but hadn’t actually thought about. Seated in front of me was a young mother and next to her was her newborn baby. The infant couldn’t have been more than two weeks old as it sat in the plastic car carrier oblivious to the world. What I observed was this mother’s constant and deliberate attention to this new person. Every few seconds she would look inside the carrier to see if everything was alright. The baby was sleep, yet the new mother kept watch much like a mother robin does with her newly hatched babies; or like a mother lion does with her baby cubs. And it occurred to me that there is a special bond between child and mother that is pure and natural. It cannot be duplicated. It can not be replicated. Grandma doesn’t have it. Auntie doesn’t have. And definitely Dad doesn’t have it. That bond between mother and child is like no other bond ever created. You can’t describe it. You can’t study it. You simply have to know that it is.
And while the bond gets tested many times as a child grows, the bond remains intact. Mom will defend you to the Supreme Court if need be, yet be your harshest critic when you act a fool. I instinctly knew that this bond existed, but when you get to be grown, sometimes you have to be reminded of what you know. That’s what the woman at the graduation ceremony did. She reminded me that the Spirit created the bond between mother and child to be like no other human connection on earth, and because of that, we are blessed more than we can ever comprehend.
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