I saw it in my sister this week. She had to go up against the experts on behalf of her child. It wasn’t a fight she was looking for or one that she relished. She got all “Mama Bear” because her daughter needed an advocate.
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I’ve had to play the role occasionally myself. It’s the needs of kids that propels moms into the unnatural state of fighter.
Before we had kids, my husband thought he would be up with the babies at night because I slept like a rock. He had to drag me out of bed during a five point something earthquake aftershock because I slept through it.
But, after the birth of our first baby, the slight sound of an infant in distress was enough to wake me. Of course, we all sleep on alert when listening for an alarm clock for fear of sleeping through it. But, I believe it goes deeper than that. That miraculous maternal instinct. That sleeping mama bear that is roused in time of need.
We watched the movie, Miracles from Heaven last weekend. I was so intrigued by the story I had to read the book to find out what was true and what was Hollywood. (Read my book review here.) Christy Wilson Beam, the mother in the story had to go up against the doctors on behalf of her daughter when they weren’t taking her symptoms seriously. She referred to herself as Mama Bear when she had to fight to get the medical help her daughter needed.
What is it that turns mild-mannered mamas into to fighters? I guess if you look at nature, it’s anything that threatens the well-being of the off-spring. In our lives today, sometimes it’s the experts. They may know their field, but mamas know their kids.