The kids and I were sledding. They decided to go to Granddad's to play Wii, so I pulled them next door. Before I thought it through, My Boy was on his sled, aimed down their driveway.
Maybe I didn't think he'd go very fast---he's small, you know.
Maybe I just didn't think...
Before I knew it, he was heading straight for the garage door. Without realizing what I was doing, I chased after his sled, leapt into the air and tackled him from behind. Although I caused him to roll off the sled, he was saved from a head-on collision. (Thinking back about this, I can only imagine how funny this may have looked!) It was only after I saw he was safe that I realized how much it hurt to land full-force on the gravel driveway. My windproof pants were ripped at the knee and the blood started seeping through.
My point is not to get sympathy for my knee, nor is it for people to think I'm some super-mom, because I'm not.
Here's what amazed me---never in a million years did I envision that part of my brain taking over---that primal, "preserve the offspring" kind of thing. Even though I was in a lot of pain, I was pleased as punch to know that I was capable of the gut reaction of helping my child.
Because really, I'm a sissy at heart. There are a lot of things I shy away from.
I don't like pain, and I don't like mean people.
I can also be selfish, especially when it comes to the last piece of something containing chocolate. "Selfless" just isn't the first word that I would choose when describing myself.
Throughout history, mommas have gone to bat for their children. And up until now, when I've read incredible accounts of moms literally putting their own lives aside for the safety of their families, I've secretly doubted that I would ever be capable of the nobility required to do that.
Now I'm realizing that only part of it is nobility and love---the other part is the momma instinct that was planted deep within us. It helps us do great things that we may be unable to choose to do on our own.
It gives me hope that in the darkest of hours, I really could put my own life aside to save theirs.
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