To close my tribute to mothers, here's an article I wrote years ago that was published in Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. and also Stories for Children Magazine.
A Mother's Love
Mothers show their love in special ways.
A mountain gorilla hugs her baby.
She holds her newborn to her chest when she eats. She hugs it when she travels. Never far from her young children, she lets an older baby ride on her back.
A mountain gorilla likes to play with her baby, who may discover Mom's tummy makes a marvelous slide. At night, a mother gorilla builds a nest on the ground and hugs her baby close when they sleep.
A giant panda cradles her cub.
At birth a panda is so tiny it fits into a tablespoon. Even though it is small, the cub's loud, squeaky voice tells its mother when it is hungry. Cradled in its mother's arms, the cub drinks her warm milk.
A giant panda loves to stand on its head, roll into a ball and turn somersaults. Then a tuckered-out cub snoozes, cradled in its mother's arms.
A manatee, or sea cow, kisses her calf.
As they cruise underwater, they touch nose-to-nose in a kiss. A manatee will grab her calf with her flippers, the way your mother holds your hand. Squealing and chirping in manatee talk, they may chase each other through the water in a game of tag or follow-the-leader.
A sea otter fluffs her pup.
A mother sea otter floats in the water on her back, holds her newborn fur ball in her paws and licks and scrubs the pup until it is squeaky clean. She fluffs her baby dry by blowing warm air onto its fur. A sea otter's chest makes a great place for her pup to eat and play. At nap time, a mother sea otter folds her pup in her arms, and they sleep on the waves.
How does your mother show she loves you?
She hugs you when you're sleepy.
She cradles you when she reads to you or tells you a bedtime story.
She kisses you when you're sad or when you just need a kiss.
She washes your face and hair and then fluffs you dry with a towel.
Now show your mom you love her.
To all mothers everywhere. God bless.