Monday, January 23, 2012
A Mother Hen Experience
Low energy weekend. Emotionally and physically. Acutely missing my son. Making every effort to pull myself up. Swim at the pool. Long meditation. Out for a run. All with little success. Suddenly, the image of a mother hen flashing through my mind. Identifying with her immediately. Proud of her baby chicks. Happy to see them flourishing, exploring their environment, making their own way. Then finding herself momentarily faltering. Keenly feeling that empty space left behind by the one now gone. Experiencing an overwhelming desire to gather in the ones remaining. Wanting to hold them close. Needing the reassurance of that motherly connection. Enlisting help from my daughters. Both thankfully able to accommodate. One having coffee with me, the other coming over to play cards. Helping to soothe this mother's heart.