Mothers and Sons
By Loraine Ritchey
The old saying goes:
A son is a son til he takes him a wife
but a daughter is a daughter all of her life.
I am not sure I agree with that old adage. There is a bond between a mother and her child and that of a son that I defy anyone to dismiss lightly. Just like a father and daughter hold that precious relationship dear there is something about a mother and her son. I can’t explain it – I can’t tell you what it is but a mother knows just how her “sister” is feeling when another of her ilk is grieving, worrying , scared and also proud of her son, no matter his age.
We know what it is like to hold him close to our hearts after his birth , see his first smile , or to feel his first stirring of life within us. And now my own daughter knows what it is like to have that relationship with her own son –
During the ceremony at Settlers’ Watch on Saturday there was a group of mothers linked by that little greenspace- a sub story to that of the day – we have held our collective breath and recognized each others pain, worry and tears – these mothers of sons.
May we all have peace and happiness to hold in our hearts and respite from gut wrenching worry and pain.