A Mother’s Love

20130507-205121.jpgIf you’re lucky enough to have a Mom still, then make sure to give her a big, big hug on Mother’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to be a Mom, hug your children and thank them. If you know a Mom, give her a hug too. Mom’s just deserve hugs all the time, and a whole lot more.
A Mother’s love is just such a very special and powerful emotion. It’s almost indescribable to someone who has never felt it before. For myself, I never felt any such emotion until my firstborn was about 3 months old. Before that I really didn’t think I had any maternal instinct whatsoever. If anyone handed me their baby I passed it back instantly. I didn’t think babies were “cute”, “adorable” or any such thing. Well, what a surprise when my maternal instinct finally kicked in the first time my daughter looked up at me and smiled. It was like a lightning bolt of love. Suddenly I was a lot like a Mother Lion. Try getting between me and my baby. Roaaarrr!! Not gonna happen!!
In the years that have passed my love for my children has never lessened one iota, which again surprises me as I thought it would wane a bit when they grew up.
What surprises me even more is that I feel the same kind of love and protectionism for my Grandson.
To me the absolute best example of Mothering, by far, is that shown by my friend Diane for her two extreme special needs children who have both passed away. Her daughter, Carling, passed away in 2004 at the age of 7 and her son, Colton, passed away just this March at the age of almost 15. They both suffered from a very rare genetic condition called NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses) which strikes a child from the age of 3 onward and is often fatal by age 7. The fact that Diane, and her team of caregivers did so, so much for both Carling and Colton and managed to keep them as healthy as humanly possible is nothing short of miraculous. The photo below shows Diane dancing with Colton at his Grade 8 graduation last year. Unbelievable! She also has a third child, Jarrett, who is not affected by NCL. The struggles – physical, financial and emotional that the family have gone through would have finished me off for sure. But not Diane. She is not only the strongest person I know, but also the most giving of herself, and always with a big huge smile. I have been lucky enough to know Diane since she was just a high school student. Even back then she knew that somehow she would change the world. Well, she has changed it, and for the better, as, despite her grief at the passing of her children, she once again selflessly looks outward to see how her experience can change the world for the better by leaving a legacy of helping others through the well known charity Free the Children. We could all, each and everyone, take a lesson from her.

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Colton Gill dances with his mother Diane Wilson at his Grade 8 graduation from Charles R. Beaudoin school last June.

 

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