I've spent some time today looking through recent photographs, caught up in my feelings about Mothers Day.
This one, of Daughter and The Boy, struck me as a poignant moment in the life of a young mother.
How often does a small child call out "Mommy, mommy, chase me!" So we do.
And in that joy, in that innocence and visceral delight, the bonds of love grow stronger.
"Mommy, chase me!"
"Please help me chase my hopes, my dreams, my self-confidence, my comfort, my spiritual center, my place in the world." And oh, yes, we do. With all our hearts, we do.
And in the doing, WE grow stronger. Then oh-so suddenly, as they develop strength and confidence, they begin to turn around and chase us with the same fervor. And the joy is still palpable every time.
So maybe we should celebrate today by "chasing" our babies, big and small, for a moment longer. Whether they ask for it or not. And go ahead and feel free to BE chased a little, as well!
It's the circle of life.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!