She walked with a purpose, as if she was in a hurry. Daylight was fading, and it was obvious that she had somewhere she wanted to be. Following behind, her two children were oblivious to her intentions. To them, it was a big game. A fun walk in the snow. They would stop occasionally to play, and you could almost see the look of exasperation on her face as she turned around to stop them. You could practically hear her telling them that now was not the time, that they must hurry along. I’m sure the children giggled and the mother rolled her eyes.
As I watched the scene unfold, I could imagine myself in the same scenario. I had, in fact, probably been in a similar situation a few times over. But this wasn’t a replay of my life that I was watching; it was a scene from Discovery Channel’s Frozen Planet. And it wasn’t a human mother and children, it was polar bears.
It occurred to me, in that moment, that even though we are different species, as mothers we have more things in common than you or I might originally think. I spent a few hours thinking about ways that mothers are similar, even if they don’t share the same genetic code.
You can see a few of the similarities that I came up with after the jump, and then tell me, have you ever been able to relate to a mother from another species?
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