This picture was taken on our last trip to Knowsley Safari Park and it completely embodies what Motherhood is to me. It's a mother, protecting her baby from the invasion of strangers in their natural habitat - arms wrapped around her off-spring, stubbornly preventing the advancement of the strange objects, the snooty expression saying, "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!" That is exactly how I feel about my babies (even though they are not babies any more). I never want to be incapable of stepping in and protecting them and I think that emotion has become all the more stronger since I lost my own mum. No-one's "make it all better" hug has come close and I miss that.
But when I do need a pick-me-up, I always turn to my Motherhood Survival Kit...
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