I wrote this on a plane whilst travelling the past two weeks. I spied a young mother, expertly organized, travelling alone with her infant daughter. She had a contraption that could strap the child in to her body if so desired for feeding or for sleeping, but could also release her. She had food at the ready, toys, blanket, diapers, wipes and seemed to pull any and all of these necessities from out of the air. I remembered the days of babies and not being so expertly organized. I was impressed and in awe with that young mom. The little baby had everything she needed and was content and occupied the entire 5 hour flight. That’s why moms are awesome. This observation is what inspired this post. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who would claw out their eyeballs for their kids without blinking an eye. Well, the other eye…
Mothers are the glue that hold the world together. If a child needed an eye, the mom would claw it out with her bare hands and hand it to the kid. “Here. Take it and go.” No questions. No fuss. She would just pry it out and give it up. “Here. I still have the other one. No, really. I’m fine.”
Now, a Dad may take another direction. He would first consider the request and then start reviewing his options. He would have to ascertain the most obviously painless way possible to remove his eye. Surgery? Laser? Can it be done? How much time would it take? I NEED PAINKILLERS. Does the kid REALLY need my eye?! Then, he would likely move on to solve the whole ‘aesthetically pleasing’ thing. What would I look like without my eye? Can I still maintain my masculine mystique with one eyeball?! Sunglasses work for some guys, is that a permanent possibility? Ray Bans are cool….I wonder if I get a different hairstyle, if that would cover the gaping whole in my face? Hmmm…. Lastly, he would have to consider vision. How can a guy see with one eye? Would I need a cane to get around? So much to consider. A team would be called in. Consultations would have to be made. There would be meetings. LOTS of meetings. Reports. Graphs. PIE CHARTS.
For a mom, there’s just a kid needing her eye. She finds the quickest way possible to allow him to function, so why not just give him hers. That’s it. Simple, really. No discussion, no fuss, a little mess but hey it’s worth it. The kid has an eye. Oh, the stuff he can do now that mom has given him her eye.
Sacrifice. Dedication. Love.
All without Pie Charts.
Glue. Mommies are glue.